The 18-year-old bagged the equaliser with his side 1-0 down, but it didn’t prove to be decisive as their opponents scored from the penalty spot just two minutes:
— afcgif (@afcgif) September 15, 2018
Fans were however delighted that Nelson made an instant impact on his debut:
Just what this wonder kid needs minutes at a high level week in week out. Can’t wait to see you in an arsenal shirt as our no1 winger next year
— James welch (@Jimbo_W91) 16 September 2018
The wonder boy
— Animasaun Abayomi V (@animasaun_v) 15 September 2018
He’s a starboy in the making ????
— SM. (@SmitMehtaAFC) 15 September 2018
What a finish
— NWLDN BOY (@RodrigoHalop) 15 September 2018
Very tidy debut after he came on and nice finish. Looked the part.
— Conor Roche (@roche70563) 16 September 2018
Super finish. Hope he comes back a proper player.
— Adam Keys (@_AdamKeys) 16 September 2018
A couple of supporters were happy that the club managed to secure Nelson to a new long-term deal before sending him out to Germany:
So happy we didn’t end up selling this guy
— Jesper Bekker ???? (@14Bekker) 15 September 2018
I’m so glad we’ve only loaned out Reiss Nelson. He’s such a prospect for our clubs future but it’s vital he gets a good amount of game time.
— ???????????????? ? (@Dave9AFC) 16 September 2018
The teenager signed a new four-year deal with the Gunners prior to agreeing to a season-long loan spell with Hoffenheim. Considering he had spent barely 15 minutes on the pitch before scoring his first goal for the Bundesliga side, he couldn’t have made a better first impression.