Reiss Nelson makes a strong case to play ahead of Nicolas Pepe

Reiss Nelson is staking a claim to be named in the Arsenal starting line up in the Premier League.

Reiss Nelson’s performance for Arsenal against Portsmouth last night showed again why he may be taking Nicolas Pepe’s place in the Arsenal starting eleven soon.

The young Englishman has been one of the best players to have come through Arsenal’s academy and he seems like a star of the future.

He assisted Sokratis for the first goal on the night and also played a part in Arsenal’s second goal as they ran out 2-0 winners over Portsmouth.

Nelson was sent out on loan to Hoffenheim last season and he impressed for the Germans before returning to Arsenal.

According to the Sun, there were issues with his off-field lifestyle in Germany but Mikel Arteta has defended him and claimed that the player was going through a phase in his life.

Nelson’s numbers are impressive even though he doesn’t get the chance to start so many games.

The youngster has been directly involved in six goals in his last eight starts for Arsenal and one cannot help but think that the more he gets involved, the more output he would provide.

Pepe has struggled in his first season as an Arsenal player with just four goals from 23 league games for the Gunners. He may be the clubs record signing but that does not mean he is guaranteed a place in the team.

Arteta will have a big decision to make if Nelson continues to be impressive every time he is given an opportunity and it is now down to Pepe to show he deserves the call ahead of young Nelson.

21 Comments

  1. GB says:

    Nelson on the right and a Pepé on the left, sorted.

    1. Jo-Gunz says:

      Really!
      Meaning Nelson to bench Saka on the left? Bad idea

      1. Rory johnson says:

        Saks is playing LB not LW

  2. Grandad says:

    Spot on GB. See my comments in the article on player ratings.I hope Arteta gives this a try.

    1. GunneRay says:

      Problem is, Saka does so well on the left already..

      On another not (off topic), Sokratis says he will not sit on the bench and will leave if he does not get enough games. Well, I can help him with his bags then! 🙂

      1. Tojjolo John says:

        Yeah he can go, we don’t need him any way.

  3. Grandad says:

    What problem? Saka has been playing at left back,and will continue to do so at least until Tierney is fully fit.

  4. Igot350k4scoring1goalandyou? says:

    Arteta should play the players who win you matches, not someone who did something 5 seasons ago.Play those who can run for 90 minutes, those who want to win games.Enough of sentiments and unwanted stats. A win is a basic EPL necessity to qualify for Europe, time is running out for us, just bang the door shut on the faces of those responsible for our downfall both on the pitch and the 27M financial loss.Enough is enough .

  5. Amitosh says:

    Just get Laca out, and use those funds to get Mari-Ceballos. we have enough wingers in Saka(hope he entends), Pepe, Reiss and Eddie/Martinelli can play there if needed. That would free up some wages for Auba’s renewal and cash for investment

  6. Simon says:

    Nelson is another overhyped English player like willock…. It will be light years before he can be at par with pẹpẹ.. A single game does not justify it.. CoYG

    1. David Rusa says:

      Completely agree with you. How does one compare Nelson with Pepe when Nelson has just shone against a team in first division and moreover in FA cup? Is this serious analysis or just meant to provoke unnecessary debate? Let us compare those variables which are comparable. It is an insult to Pepe to put him at the same level with Nelson.

  7. Mobella says:

    I was tempted by admin opinion/submission and had a look at what Pepe has contributed so far. It is interesting to see he has done far better than Zaha that some fan prefer and a little behind Adama in goal/assist having played 14 game less, let alone Nelson. So Nelson has not enough to take his place by assisting two goals has Pepe himself has done with a goal of his own.

  8. Ade says:

    The sky is big enough to accommodate all birds, Arteta will rotate pepe and nelson, the later really impressed me against Pompey, I kno pepe is a good player but he should pls reduce his aimless dribbling.

  9. Sarmmie says:

    Gotanidea wrote this article, right?

  10. Tojjolo John says:

    Oh no, Nelson cannot in any way be compared to Pepe. He is still lacking.

  11. Top Gunner says:

    Let him show the true character in the league, not against Portsmouth. He really played well

  12. Sam says:

    Nelson should be given a chance in the league. Pepe is obviously talented but I feel his dribbling and tricks only slows the game, Nelson is more direct. I like Pepe but sometimes it just slows down the attack. The same can be said of Guendouzi, we are far better when we move the ball quicker. We have the technical skill, even Guendouzi and Pepe are skillfull.

  13. RSH says:

    Not to me. I’d still start Pepe easily. Nelson is honestly nothing special at the moment, and I don’t see what was so raved about him. Neither did Nagelsmann, which is why he sat most of the time at Hoffenhiem. Many elements of his game need major improvement. Moreso than Pepe.

    1. Diogenes says:

      Nelson was quite good in the Bundesliga, but apparently had some issues with being late os eomthing like that.
      He was also good against Portsmouth, but fails repeatedly against EPL opposition where the fullbacks are both fast AND strong

      He may still have a future in the top flight, but he’s far from the level of Pepe as of yet.

  14. AUBA_14 says:

    First, Nelson played well against a LEAGUE ONE team. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves here.
    Second, let me remind you that Arteta DID play Nelson ahead of Pepe when he first came, what happened back then? Nelson did not rise to the occasion.
    Let him be a good sub for now and if he does make an impact coming on, maybe he can take Pepe’s spot.

  15. AUBA_14 says:

    First, Nelson played well against a LEAGUE ONE team. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves here.
    Second, let me remind you that Arteta DID play Nelson ahead of Pepe when he first came, what happened back then? Nelson did not rise to the occasion.
    Let him be a good sub for now and if he does make an impact coming on, maybe he can take Pepe’s spot.

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