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Reiss Nelson named Bundesliga Rookie of the Month

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Let’s check in on the Arsenal loanee.

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Nelson will feature for the England U-21’s during the international break.
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Reiss Nelson is tearing up the Bundesliga. He has 6 goals and an assist in 7 appearances for Hoffenheim, and his 3 goals in 3 appearances in the month of October earned him Rookie of the Month honors.

Nelson is doing the majority of his damage as a substitute and is scoring at an absurd clip - a goal every 51 minutes. His 6 goals put him tied first among all English scorers in European top-flight football, and he is the second highest scoring teenager in Europe behind Kylian Mbappe.

His most recent goal, a game-winner against Augsburg, was a thing of beauty. Oh, and he managed it just 2 minutes after coming on.

Nelson’s success has many wondering whether Arsenal might recall him from his loan when the January transfer window opens, especially given the injury to Danny Welbeck. When asked about that possibility, Unai Emery said, “At the moment, we do not speak about that.”

Emery did add, however, that the club is following him closely, happy with how he is playing, and “thinking how he can help us in the future.”

The terms of Nelson’s loan deal are unknown, but many loans contain a recall clause that the parent club can activate during a transfer window. Loans may also be cancelled at any time if both clubs agree to do so. The takeaway is that if Arsenal want to bring Nelson back, they probably can.