‘I have all my belief in Mikel and I think he is going to make me into a top player’: Reiss Nelson opens up on life at Arsenal and ‘brotherhood’ with fellow English wide man Jadon Sancho
- Reiss Nelson is starting to feature more regularly for Arsenal under Mikel Arteta
- The winger grew up near Jadon Sancho and the pair have often been compared
- The pacy forwards both have spent time in Germany and are good friends
- But now, Nelson wants to forge his own path and believes Arteta will help him
The 20-year-old has impressed since the Spaniard took over at the Emirates and is hoping to kick on with his unquestionable talent.
The England U21 star grew up in the same age group as current Borussia Dortmund high flyer Jadon Sancho, and Nelson said the pair were constantly compared at youth level.
Reiss Nelson, 20, believes Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta will turn him into a top player
Nelson grew up near Jadon Sancho and the pair have been compared throughout their careers
Reiss Nelson 2019/20 stats
Premier League appearances: 5 (5)
FA Cup appearances: 1, Goals: 1
Carabao Cup appearances: 1, Goals: 1
They grew up five minutes apart in London and, like Sancho, Nelson moved to Germany to forge his way into football, playing on loan at Hoffenheim last season, scoring seven league goals.
He revealed to The Guardian: ‘It was always: “Reiss and Jadon, who’s better?” or “Reiss and Jadon, play football”, and it was getting a bit annoying and boring for us.
‘It’s more of a proper brotherhood – he’s like my brother. It’s not a battle like some people say.’
Unlike Sancho, Nelson has found his first-team chances harder to come by, but he is starting to find form.
Like Sancho, the England U21 international spent time learning his craft in Germany
And he believes Arteta is already having an influence over his play.
The winger said he was known for running with the ball and little else, but the new boss is turning into a more rounded player.
He said: ‘He’s going to give me the encouragement when I need it and if I am not doing the right stuff he is going to tell me.
Nelson scored the winner for Arsenal against Leeds in the FA Cup third round
‘I have all my belief in Mikel and I think he is going to make me into a top player.’
Nelson was used sporadically under Unai Emery at the start of the season but is playing more regularly under Arteta.
He started three of the Spaniard’s first five games and scored the winner against Leeds in the FA Cup.
Nelson hopes to return from a hamstring injury this weekend against Newcastle.
The winger has started three of Mikel Arteta’s first five games in charge at the Emirates
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