Alexis tells Arsenal youngster Nelson that he holds the key to his success

Alexis Sanchez has urged Arsenal wonderkid Reiss Nelson to work hard in order to meet his huge potential.

The 17 year-old is enjoying a limited role in the senior side this season, and is tipped to be the latest star to breakthrough into the senior side on a permanent basis.

He and Ainsley Maitland-Niles have been playing as makeshift wing-backs in the Europa League and League cup this term, while Nelson has been impressing in a much more advanced role within the youth sides.

Nelson has plenty of competition for an attacking role in the senior side, with the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Theo Walcott, Alex Iwobi and Jack Wilshere vying for the two roles behind the striker, but still has some way to go at present.

Sanchez has moved to praise the young England Under-18 international, whilst adding that he himself will have to put in the hard work to meet his potential.

‘Reiss has real talent, but he still has a lot to learn from other players,’ Alexis said.

‘From playing more matches and getting more experience. That’s exactly what the boss is providing for him, so that he can carry on improving as a player.

‘He must train every day and get better every day. It’s all down to him whether or not he wants to end up at the very top of the sport.’

Nelson certainly appears to be level-headed on and off the pitch, and seems to have the right attitude to make it big in the game, but we all know how quickly the young players can get distracted from what is important, and hopefully he can continue to concentrate on his football.

Will Nelson be the next big star to break through from the academy?

Pat J

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  1. kelleson says:

    Nelson will be a good player if he is properly nurture by the manager. Sometime when u play a player aside his position will destroy his growth and psychologically be affected, pls Mr Wenger RWB is not the real position for that lad and it could be detrimental to his growth.

  2. Kenny Rolfe says:

    He looks an excellent young player, but where is he’s best position. Under Wenger he’s played all over the place in the few games I’ve seen him. Maybe someone can enlighten me

    1. He is a winger…not a defender.

  3. Kirvyn says:

    We live to learn. Nelson is learning everyday n I think we should allow the boss be the judge on how to groom the lad. He needs laying time and that’s what the boss has been trying to give him.

    1. SuperClaes says:

      Very balanced comment!

      Love him getting game time as this will stand him in good stead.

      I have seen enough of his footwork, speed and understanding of the game to suggest there is something there…. Thought he played excellent as wing back in pre-season actually!

      Same goes for Nketiah and hope both will get some bench time & minutes in PL some time soon.

      We fans need some positive to bring renewed hope and expectations:)

    2. GunnerJack says:

      We live and learn. Except for Wenger. Unfortunately we have no choice but to allow Wenger ‘to groom the lad’. He needs playing time yes, but how about in the correct position? Not if Wenger can help it: “It’s for their own good to play players out of position” I remember him saying once. What a load of drivel!

  4. uchman says:

    Nelson will end up as a right winger or a support striker,wenger playing him outside his comfort zone is a very big learning curve for him,he must count himself very lucky to be getting playing time in a big club like arsenal,the likes of Sancho,solanke etc could have asked for this opportunity and I wouldn’t want him to abuse it,listen less and work harder,wenger has nurtured more players to stardom than any coach in epl,kip praying to be in d spotlit blv d opportunity to play in ur favorite position will come I just hope and wish u will be ready to grab it,when it comes,rashford grabbed his,iwobi grabbed his,mbape did same,nkitiah just made a massive statement,just wait for urs,it will surely come

  5. oba arsenal of lagos says:

    as long as he keeps his head down and not start feeling cocky ala Sturbridge and co and indeed work hard he could become England’s best player in future

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