Reiss Nelson showcases vast potential in Arsenal U19s’ draw with PSG


Arsenal U19s, much like their senior counterparts, lacked conviction in their overall display against Paris Saint-Germain yesterday.

However, while several of his team-mates were rather disappointing, Reiss Nelson continued to excel in the 2-2 draw, with the winger providing another indication of his vast potential.

An expert dribbler who is capable of playing defence splitting passes, Nelson caused several problems for the PSG defence and frequently drifted inside to good effect.

With Arsenal knowing that they had to avoid defeat to preserve their chances of remaining in the UEFA Youth League, coach Freddie Ljungberg instructed Nelson to adopt a more individualistic approach.

Nelson found the side-netting with one effort and kept pushing forwards until the very end. Other players deserve credit for their performances yesterday, including Stephy Mavididi, who hit a brace, and goalkeeper Hugo Keto, but Nelson continued to demonstrate that he is one of the standout players in this team.

The prospect will turn 17 next month and is expected to sign his first professional contract. Having already established himself as a key player for the U23s, the next step for Nelson is to break into the first-team but it appears unlikely that a chance in that regard will arise this season and he will most probably have to wait until next campaign before making an appearance for Arsene Wenger’s side.

For now, though, he is developing very well indeed. Nelson is undoubtedly one of, if not the, outstanding talents in the Arsenal youth set-up at present and first-team recognition appears to be an inevitability.


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