Reiss Nelson’s Feyenoord, on loan at Arsenal, faced fellow Gunners Matteo Guendouzi and William Saliba’s Marseille in the second leg of the Europa Conference League semi-final last night.
Nelson has been at Arsenal since he was nine years old. He rose through the ranks at Hale End and a lot was expected of him. Unfortunately, he didn’t quite manage to find a starting spot under Mikel Arteta which is why he was sent out on loan last summer.
Matteo Guendouzi, on the other hand, was seen by many as a future star at Arsenal after his incredible debut season under Unai Emery. However, he fell out with Mikel Arteta and was kicked out of the club.
After last night’s game, Guendouzi and Nelson shared a moment together on the touchline.
Feyenoord sends a Twitter message to Arsenal
Feyenoord claimed an impressive 3-2 first leg victory last week but the game was far from over. Many expected Marseille to turn things around, but the Dutch giants held on.
Nelson, Saliba and Guendouzi all featured in last night’s game which ended 0-0. Feyenoord have now progressed to the Conference League final which is a remarkable feat.
Nelson and Guendouzi, who shared the Arsenal dressing room during their time together at the Emirates, embraced after yesterday’s match.
The official Feyenoord Twitter account posted the video with the message: “A gunner respects a gunner.” They even CC Arsenal in their tweet.
Arteta has decisions to make
Matteo Guendouzi will leave Arsenal on a permanent contract this summer. The clauses included in his loan deal have reportedly been met, forcing Marseille to sign him at the end of this season.
Nelson and Saliba’s future, however, is uncertain.
The Englishman will only have one year left on his contract this summer and if Arsenal don’t want him, it’s very likely that he will be sold.
Saliba, on the other hand, will have two more years left on his contract and a big decision awaits him. If Arsenal want to keep him, they will have to extend his contract which might not be easy as Arteta is unlikely to be able to secure regular playing time for the talented French defender.
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