Arsenal failed terribly with Eddie Nketiah and Reiss Nelson loans
January has been a lot of fun in North London. Arsenal have lost only once in the entire month, have taken Mesut Ozil, Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi from payroll and signed Martin Odegaard and Mat Ryan.
There wasn’t much that went wrong, then?
Well, the left-back situation was also invisible. Cedric Soares was left to cover Kieran Tierney for seven matches and although he played admirably in his place, the inescapable limitations of having a right-handed player in this position meant that there were certain issues that could not be rectified. .
Overall, Odegaard alone made it a successful month; one with joy on and off the field. In part, anyway, because the situations with Reiss Nelson and Eddie nketiah throws a black cloud. Wasted opportunities that will only cost Arsenal.
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Arsenal failed miserably with Eddie Nketiah and Reiss Nelson loans in January
It is also important to note that this affects the players. Neither will win anything in the second half of the season, despite Nketiah leading his side in the group stage of the European Under-21 Championship.
It’s crazy to think Nketiah didn’t get on loan with a plethora of lower half Premier League clubs in desperate need of a striker in January. Was the decision made with an eye on a potential injury to Alexandre Lacazette? Most likely, however; with an abundance of attackers at Mikel Arteta’s disposal, there could easily have been some maneuvering in such a case. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s impeccable injury record adds to the perplexity.
Its value only goes down from here. In the north, Jesse Lingard is on loan to West Ham instead of being sold, and his asking price – if indeed Manchester United wants to sell – will have increased exponentially from the paltry sum he previously was.
The same applies to Nelson, who did not manage to move away because we felt that the law club did not come up with a loan offer. Almost any club would be better than the Under 23 team.
There is still time for Nelson at 21 to keep improving, but he should have already had a year or two of regular football at a high level under his belt, whether partly on loan in the Premier League or in the league.
At a point where Arsenal need money (as always) damaging the value of two assets who will attract attention elsewhere, it was a big failure on the part of the club.