For the likes of Reiss Nelson opportunities to impress may be few and far between in the weeks between now and the closure of the transfer window.
There are scarcely 10 days for Arsenal to decide how best to manage a squad overburdened with numbers, to craft a group that is both well-stocked enough to deal with European and domestic fixtures but sufficiently lean to ensure everyone gets a chance to prove themselves.
In such circumstances Nelson, the jewel in the Hale End crown a few years ago, is at risk of atrophying. It is no great surprise that Arsenal should have indicated to him that, for this season at least, they believe he will not get enough chances under Mikel Arteta this season.
It was not what the boyhood Arsenal fan wanted to hear.
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Those close to Nelson say he was insistent throughout the summer that he would not be going on loan despite advice to the contrary from his inner circle. The arrival of Willian and emergence of Bukayo Saka ahead of schedule had thrown down gauntlets for the 20-year-old but he was determined to rise to the challenge.
Then came the realities of the new season and the simple fact that the wing depth chart for Arsenal looks fearsome for any player with only 20 Premier League games to his name. Willian, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Bukayo Saka and Nicolas Pepe would all sit ahead of Nelson in the pecking order, as would Gabriel Martinelli come his return in the new year.
Arteta thinks highly of Nelson, whose progress he has been tracking since he was a club captain and the No.24 was a teenager, but equally he and Edu are of the belief that his development is not best served on the fringes of the matchday squad.
Arsenal would be prepared to let him go on loan, a decision they have made so recently that offers for his services are yet to…