Reiss Nelson had his full debut in Arsenal’s 3-2 win against Southampton on Sunday, where he put in a decent performance.
At the age of 18, it is very important for the winger to choose his steps carefully. Amid interest from top European clubs, including Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain, the Evening Standard report that the youngster is ready to sign a new deal at Arsenal.
His current contract expires in the summer of 2019, and there have been negotiations between the club and the player about putting pen to paper on a fresh long-term agreement.
Nelson said he considers the opportunity to play for Arsenal an achievement in itself, and he can’t wait to sign the deal. He has praised the influence of manager Arsene Wenger on his path and believes the Frenchman has big plans for young players like himself, Eddie Nketiah and Joe Willock. He added that hard work in training is now imperative, and the manager will give them first-team opportunities whenever possible.
With the season approaching its business end, Arsenal are ready to go full-throttle for the Europa League trophy which would see them get Champions League football next term despite finishing outside of top four in the Premier League. Naturally, this means that key players will have be rested domestically now and then, and that could open a window for the youngsters, Nelson included, to show their quality.
Nelson said one of his goals for this season – a first-team start – has been achieved, but now he needs to find the net in order to fulfil the next one. He follows in the footsteps of Alex Iwobi and Ainsley Maintland-Niles as a graduate from the club’s Academy, and he doesn’t shy away from consulting those who have already gotten there.
The Gunners have now won six matches in a row, scoring three goals per game on average, and young Nelson says the opposing defences should be scared.