Arteta now urged to ‘trust’ rarely-used Arsenal ace who can ‘offer an awful lot’

Arsenal winger Reiss Nelson has hardly featured this season, but has impressed when given a chance.

He started Arsenal’s final Champions League group stage game against PSV Eindhoven, and was the best player on the pitch as he dazzled on the right wing, providing the assist for Eddie Nketiah’s opening goal.


Nelson has started just three games across all competitions this season, with two of them coming in the Carabao Cup, and despite concerns over Bukayo Saka’s workload, he has not been given a look-in by Mikel Arteta.

Mikel Arteta urged to give Reiss Nelson more game time
Speaking on his YouTube channel, journalist Charles Watts claimed that he would like to see Arteta rotate his squad more, and amidst links to strikers and wingers, Nelson could be a very useful option to allow first-team players to rest.

“The one thing I would love to see change from Mikel Arteta, is his ability to rotate a little bit more and to trust players a little bit more,” he stated.

do think that Reiss Nelson offers a lot of depth, and we see that when he does play the majority of times, he makes an impact, just like we saw at PSV the other day.

“I just want to see Arteta trust him a little bit more, give him more minutes, take Saka off more and bring Reiss on.

“I know he likes playing Reiss on the left, but we saw against PSV when he plays on the right, which is a position he has grown up playing, he can still offer an awful lot.

want to see Mikel start to trust these players a little bit more, and then you can take players off and you can share the burden on them and not play so many minutes, as we see the likes of Martinelli playing.”

Mikel Arteta should give Reiss Nelson more chances

Nelson made his first start of the season in the Carabao Cup, and scored the winner away at Brentford. He was then a substitute for the next Premier League match at Bournemouth, before being left on the bench for the following two league games despite injuries to Gabriel Martinelli and Saka.

The 24-year-old signed a new deal in the summer when he could have departed for free, and he deserves more chances to compete for a starting spot. He adds more speed than Leandro Trossard, who proved to be an ineffective substitute for Martinelli against Aston Villa.

Arsenal were linked with Pedro Neto to strengthen their options on the wing, but if Nelson is given more chances and continues to deliver, then he can save the club a lot of money in the transfer market.

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