Reiss Nelson has explained his decision to join Hoffenheim this summer.
The Gunners star has made a quick-fire start to his season-long-loan spell in Germany having netted twice in his three Bundesliga appearances so far.
The 18-year-old cemented his future to Arsenal when he signed a new long-term contract with the north Londoners in August.
However, in moving to Germany in search of regular football, Nelson is starting to establish himself along with a number of other British players abroad including Jadon Sancho and Ademola Lookman, and before them Oliver Burke.
Nelson opened up over his decision to join Hoffenheim by telling the The FA website: “A loan wasn’t always my first option, but when I heard the Bundesliga and Hoffenheim was an option for me and working with the manager there, it was something I wanted to do.
“Julian’s a great manager and he’s got belief in young players so it’s a good place for me to go and play. He’s very young, he’s only 31 and I think it’s important to go to a team and a coach who believes in you, so he was the main reason because he is willing to play us.
“It was hard to leave my boyhood club Arsenal, it’s still my dream to play for Arsenal , but I know I have to put that on hold and go and play abroad to get some experience in Germany.
“So I’m trying to do my stuff there, get stronger and come back ready to play for Arsenal’s first team, so I had to take the opportunity to go there.”