Reiss Nelson has revealed that he was actually snapped up by Arsenal as a youth player following a game he played for their north London rivals, Tottenham.
The 19-year-old was invited to play an academy game for Spurs after the club had spotted his talent early on, but Nelson’s performance during the match caught the attention of a handful of other clubs who wanted him on their books.
The teenager was quickly hyped up by the fanbase at Emirates Stadium and he’s gone on to make 16 appearances for their first-team.
His first real chance at senior football didn’t come until this season, however, where Nelson scored six goals and claimed an assist in his first seven Bundesliga games.
The 19-year-old has slowly been dropping down the pecking order in Sinsheim as the season’s gone on and he hasn’t started a match for Hoffenheim since December.