Arsenal have opened talks with attacker Reiss Nelson over a new contract, according to the Daily Mail.
Nelson’s future is in the air, with his current deal expiring in June. The club would like to keep him beyond this season.
The Premier League table-toppers are confident they can clinch the deal as the player wants to remain in London.
Despite being used sparingly this season, Nelson has netted three goals and three assists for Arsenal.
Nelson was the club’s hero in their last game against Bournemouth as he came off the bench to assist a crucial equaliser before netting the winner in the dying minutes.
Arsenal recovered from two goals down to beat the Cherries 3-2 and show they are not pretenders. They want their first Premier League title since 2004.
Nelson’s goal and assist helped the Gunners maintain their five-point lead over Manchester City in the Premier League title race.
His remarkable impact on the game returned focus to his contract situation. Arsenal know several clubs are lining up to take him on a free transfer and want to tie him down quickly.
Nelson scored a double in Arsenal’s win over Nottingham Forest last October. That performance made many people feel that Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta would give him a chance.
However, Nelson suffered a thigh injury that kept him out for a while. His match-winning cameo against the Cherries is his first appearance of 2023.
The 23-year-old wants to stay in London but also needs time on the pitch. It will be a factor in any contract talks.
The Hale End academy graduate will hope to get more chances with the Gunners following his heroics against Bournemouth.
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