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Goal hero Nelson ponders new deal


ARSENAL have opened contract talks with weekend hero Reiss Nelson as they also face an investigat­ion into the celebratio­ns sparked by his winner against Bournemout­h. The winger’s future is uncertain with his deal expiring at the end of the season, but discussion­s over an extension are underway, with hopes growing that he will stay.

Arsenal are confident Nelson wants to remain in north

London and that a positive resolution can be found. But a number of clubs are keeping tabs on the attacker with a view to signing him on a summer free transfer. He scored a euphoric winner in the seventh minute of injury-time as the Gunners came from 2-0 down to beat Bournemout­h and maintain their five-point lead at the top of the Premier League. Nelson also scored twice in the 5-0 win over Nottingham Forest in October, raising hopes that he may feature more regularly. Progress was stunted by a thigh injury though, with the cameo on Saturday his first appearance of 2023.

The 23-year-old came through the ranks at Arsenal before making his first-team debut in 2017, but has only made nine Premier League appearance­s. While there is a recognitio­n that boss Mikel Arteta is building something special at the Emirates, the amount of football Nelson will get is a big factor in contract talks. The FA were yesterday reviewing referee Andrew Madley’s report as they decide whether to launch a probe into the frenzied goal celebratio­ns. Meanwhile, there is hope Leandro Trossard has not sustained a serious injury after limping off with a groin problem on Saturday.

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