Mikel Arteta reveals the moment he knew Reiss Nelson would be an Arsenal star

first_imgMikel Arteta has been impressed by Reiss Nelson since his days in Arsenal’s youth teams (Pictures: Getty)Mikel Arteta revealed he first identified Reiss Nelson’s potential during his formative days in Arsenal’s youth team.Plenty has been expected of Nelson, 20, for some time but the winger has only just started enjoying a run in the Gunners’ first team.His introduction back into the side came after Arteta’s appointment last month, with the Spaniard claiming everything came ‘too easy’ to Nelson during his early years at the club.Having been loaned out to Hoffenheim last season and starting just five games this year before Arteta replaced Unai Emery in December, Nelson has since started three of the last five matches.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTFormer Manchester City assistant Arteta was praised for his one-on-one coaching work with wingers Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane at the Etihad Stadium and, while he refused to draw comparisons between the pair and Nelson, he admits he has been pleasantly surprised by the England Under-21 international. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 17 Jan 2020 11:26 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Comment Mikel Arteta reveals the moment he knew Reiss Nelson would be an Arsenal star Reiss Nelson is likely to earn another start for Arsenal in the absence of the suspended Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Picture: Getty)‘I wouldn’t like to compare, what I will say is that Reiss has the potential to do whatever he wants,’ he said.‘I know Reiss because I coached him when he was 16 and straightaway he caught my eye.‘If he wants to do it, wants to learn and wants to challenge himself he can be a top, top player for this football club.‘At the moment I think he is on the right path, with the right attitude and then there are a lot of factors: he needs to deal with pressure, deliver every three days, score more goals and make the difference more for the team because he has the quality to do that.‘I know Reiss because I coached him when he was 16 and straight away he caught my eye. He is a boy that is willing to learn and loves the game but I think he has been a little bit confused in the last few years – what direction he had to take, some of the decisions that he made.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘Now I can see that he really wants it and I think he has the potential to do whatever he wants. He needs guidance, he needs a little bit of a stick, and he’s up for it. I put him in to play and I trust him because he wants it and I think he can deliver.”When it comes to the factors which have held Nelson back so far, Arteta clearly feels the buck has to stop with the player.‘I was expecting a little more from his side as well,” he said. “He needs to take responsibility as well.‘If he wants to play for this club every three days, when you have to step in there you have to be almost perfect and at the moment I see this kind of attitude and desire.‘Because he was that good when he was young, everything was too easy for him.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘You have a lot of habits and those habits have to be taken away and replaced with new ones and he has done that very quickly, much quicker than I thought and that is why he has been playing.’MORE: Dimitar Berbatov’s Premier League predictions including Arsenal, Chelsea, Man Utd & LiverpoolMORE: Edu attempts to close deal for Arsenal transfer target Bruno Guimaraes Advertisementlast_img

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