“He will START tomorrow”- After a very strong performance against Brentford in the Carabao Cup, Mikel Arteta has assured the ‘patient’ 23-year-old superstar that he will start against Bournemouth tomorrow.
After a ‘impressive’ Carabao Cup performance, Arsenal could unleash the ‘electric’ 23-year-old against Bournemouth.
Reiss Nelson, an Arsenal winger, performed admirably in Wednesday’s Carabao Cup third-round triumph.
The 23-year-old Arsenal prodigy hasn’t seen much game time under Mikel Arteta, but the boss definitely thinks highly of him.
With injuries piling up at Arsenal, Wednesday’s trip to Brentford provided an ideal opportunity for periphery players to gain vital playing time.
Declan Rice, Bukayo Saka, Leandro Trossard, Gabriel Martinelli, Thomas Partey, and Jurrien Timber are all out or questionable right now.
Nelson started the game and scored in the eighth minute with what proved to be the game-winner.
“Took his goal well by calmly finding the bottom corner,” the Evening Standard observed.
“I also worked extremely hard off the ball for the team.”
“If Gabriel Martinelli and Leandro Trossard aren’t fit this weekend, he could start.”
Meanwhile, football.london reported that he “grabbed the goal but was impressive away from it.”
“Defensively diligent and direct in the dribble.” His excellent run of form continues.”
Nelson has almost probably won a starting position for Arsenal against Bournemouth.
Not only that, but the Gunners have two big games coming up.
Arsenal will play in the Champions League against Lens next Tuesday before hosting Manchester City in the Premier League on Sunday.
With that in mind, even if Martinelli and Trossard are available, the Gunners could benefit from some variety against the Cherries.
That is not to imply Arsenal should be underestimated; far from it.
However, with the Gunners now boasting greater depth, it is at moments like these that they must make use of it.
Nelson is a ‘electric’ talent with ‘everything,’ so why not give him a second shot right away?