Reiss Nelson needs to hit the gym to become a success at Arsenal

Reiss Nelson Needs to Hit the Gym, and Fast. by AI

Reiss Nelson was a highly rated youngster in the Arsenal youth setup. He was classified in the same category as the likes of Jadon Sancho. Highly rated players in the Arsenal youth setup tend to do really well in senior football. The likes of Saka and Emile Smith-Rowe prove this to be true.

But Nelson has been largely stop and start for Arsenal. His most consistent period has come under Mikel Arteta towards the end of his first half season with the club. But the young lad himself has simply not shown enough at the highest level in the same way as Bukayo Saka or Emile Smith-Rowe.


It is my humble opinion that Reiss Nelson’s technique is not the problem. He has a fantastic technical base. Based on technique alone, he would be a star already. But look at Reiss Nelson’s physical levels. Compared to the likes of Smith-Rowe, Martinelli and Saka, Nelson is simply not on the same planet.

Physicality is important in adult football. There are many games this season in which opponents have tried to physically roughen up Saka and Smith-Rowe without success. These boys are extremely strong and durable. They can forcefully impose their game on the opposition. Look at how Emile Smith-Rowe simply tore through the entire left flank of Tottenham in the last North London Derby. Reiss Nelson, for all his technique, cannot yet do that.

The sheer pace, strength and ability to ride tackles is what makes Wilfred Zaha one of the most dangerous wingers in the league. He was always technically blessed and he took his game to another level when he hit the gym and worked on himself.

Jack Grealish is another example of a technically excellent player who has since gone on to be as physically strong as he is technically. Physicality allows your technique to flourish. It allows you to play without fear. If you know that you can play through two 6ft defenders with sheer power alone, it makes you much more confident in yourself.

Reiss Nelson against Andy Robertson today is a physical mismatch. He can get past Robertson, for sure, but Robertson can simply overpower him so much that he can’t do much with the ball.

Nelson will still end up being a good winger. But he will never be good enough for Arsenal if he does not hit the gym—and fast.

Time is running out quickly for him.


Agboola Israel

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  1. never mind his physicality. It his confidence that is lacking as he never has a run of games.

    1. @Speedy
      RealTalk…Therein lies the main problem. Henry, was not as physically strong as some might have thought. But his speed and agility compensated for that.

  2. My view is that it’s actually the mental side of the game that lets him down and dealing with the pressure. You can see when he plays just how desperate he is to do something to impress (naturally), and I think he’s one of those players who if the first 10 minutes aren’t good, he carries it around with him.

    Where he’ll do well, is playing for a team where he knows more or less that he’s a guaranteed starter so the pressure is off. He just doesn’t quite look like he believes in himself enough just yet.

  3. Nelson remains a favorable player for us just that Arteta is not harnesing it. Auba is always missing in that wing, Willian is nothing to write home about and neither Nels or Martineli is utilised even when fit. Let me ask, how many players did T. Tuchel bought before turning chelsea around the champions clock? Honestly, we have management problem and that is the truth. Just four to five months loan to Newcastle, downgraded Willock made a historic scoring streak and EPL player of the month in May.

  4. This msg would’ve been great for the offseason. By the way, did the coaching staff not suggest that to him?

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