Journalist Charles Watts has said he feels sorry for Arsenal winger Reiss Nelson after he missed the club’s recent game due to injury.
As things stand, the 22-year-old is out with a ‘muscular issue’ and hasn’t been able to play at all this season as a direct consequence of his fitness struggles.
This meant he was left to watch on as Arsenal recorded a 2-1 victory away from home against FC Zurich, where winger Marquinhos stole the show with a goal and an assist.
Of course, both men operate on the wing, so it probably would have been a double blow for Nelson to see his direct competition in the team performing so well.
While speaking about this on his YouTube channel, Watts claimed as much, saying: “I feel a little bit sorry for Reiss Nelson, I have to say, because he would have been looking at the Europa League this season and hoping it was going to be an opportunity for him to make a bit of an impact.
“Obviously got this injury now, which has ruled him out and he probably was sitting there yesterday watching Marquinhos perform the way he did on the right-hand side and thinking, ‘oh God, I’m going to be even further down the pecking order now when I do come back and do get back fit’. So I felt a little bit sorry for him.”
TIF Thoughts on Reiss Nelson and Arsenal…
Nelson spent last season out on loan with Feyenoord, and having returned to Arsenal this summer and not played a Gunners first-team game since August 2021, he would have hoped to make a bright start to the season – especially with his contract up in less than 12 months from now (via Transfermarkt).
Instead, though, he has seen the club sign talented teenage winger Marquinhos, and now the Brazilian has taken his spot in the team. Marquinhos may well have started in midweek regardless, but Nelson has been unable to fight for his spot due to his injury woes.
With that in mind, it’s little wonder Watts feels a bit sorry for the 22-year-old. But football is a tough business and it really is survival of the fittest. Sadly for Nelson, Marquinhos is the one thriving more of the two, and his arrival could signal the end of the Englishman’s time at the club.