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Is this Reiss Nelson’s time?

Posted on August 15, 2019 by Harry Kettle

As reported by Evening Standard, the one and only Reiss Nelson recently opened up about the upcoming season as the 19 year old attempts to break into the Arsenal first team. Nelson has had a strong pre-season, but either way, it’s going to be tough for him to do so.

Even with that being the case he seems to have a good head on his shoulders, which you always need at this level.

Go on, Reiss

“For me, I just want to take things as they come,” said Nelson. “I went away in Germany and I think I did well. But the main goal for me has always been playing in an Arsenal shirt week in, week out.

“The boss told me on Wednesday I would be starting and to get mentally prepared. It was a great gesture from the boss and I’m just happy to be back playing in Arsenal colours.

“I need to be prepared all the time for whenever I get the call-up because I know it’s not guaranteed I’m going to be starting week in, week out with the team-mates we have.”

“We have Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Pepe and Alexandre Lacazette. They are great stars and I’m still only young so I need to sit back and when I get my chance take it,” he said.

The next step

“He’s (Pepe) been such a great addition. We’re so happy to have him. He’s always scoring or creating goals, but off the ball he’s also working very hard for the team and as a striker that really helps people like me and everyone else alongside him.

“He’s settled in well and he looks a really good addition. We saw little glimpses on Sunday on the pitch and you could see he has the flair we need on the right-hand side. He can cut inside and shoot as well, so he’s a great addition.

“I think this season can be very exciting. We have all the new additions and that can only help us in the long run.”

Nelson has all the tools necessary to make it at the highest level, but there’s no guarantee – and that’s the most interesting aspect of it all. He hasn’t been sent out on loan, either, so Unai Emery must see some kind of value in keeping him around, at the very least for a few cup games.

What will Reiss Nelson achieve this season?

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