Reiss Nelson new contract with Arsenal “verbally agreed”

Fabrizio Romano has reported that Reiss Nelson has verbally agreed the terms for a new contract with his boyhood club Arsenal.

It was initially reported a couple of weeks ago by The Athletic that Nelson was set to agree a new deal with the club and the deal now seems to be all but official. His previous contract was set to expire in a few months’ time.

The 23-year-old will sign a 4 year contract, with an option to extend for a further year. This contract reportedly promises him an important role in the squad for the duration of the deal.

Nelson was asked about a potential new contract earlier in the season and he said: “I’ve been here since I was eight and Arsenal is all I know. I live only a couple of minutes away from the stadium, all my family is there. So of course I’d love to stay.”

Although Nelson did not start any Premier League matches in the whole 2022/23 season, he was an important part of Arteta’s team in the domestic cup competitions and the Europa League. He even made several appearances off the bench in the league.

Nelson becomes the 4th Arsenal player to sign a new contract with the Gunners this season as they commit their long-term futures to the club.

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Aaron Ramsdale and Bukayo Saka signed new deals recently while the Brazilian pair of Gabriel Magalhaes and Gabriel Martinelli had signed new contracts earlier in the season. Arsenal are also looking to give out a new contract to star defender William Saliba on improved terms.

Arteta is working hard to keep the young talent at the club in order to try and challenge the dominance of Manchester City in the league. Arsenal fell short this season but with the youngest squads in the league, they will have high hopes for the future.

Nelson is part of the young homegrown spine of the Arsenal squad alongside stars such as Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith-Rowe.

Along with this, Arsenal have added players such as Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko and now captain Martin Odegaard to their squad which provides a balance of youth and experience to the club.

Arteta is a young manager himself and what seems to be clear is he wants to keep motivated young players such as Reiss Nelson at the club as they know what it means to play for Arsenal and even though they may not play every week, they have the talent to make a difference when required.