Arsenal face Slavia Prague on Thursday night in a Europa League showdown – and some of the club’s fans on Twitter have suggested in the build-up that Reiss Nelson should be promoted to the starting XI.
The Gunners are preparing to face Slavia tomorrow in the first leg of the Europa League quarter-final tie.
Opponents Slavia have already knocked out British clubs Leicester City and Rangers en route to the quarter-finals of the competition.
Meanwhile, Arsenal have eliminated Benfica and Olympiacos so far in the knockout stages.
Mikel Arteta’s side go into the match off the back of a 3-0 hammering against Liverpool at the weekend, and they know the Europa League is their most realistic avenue into Europe next season.
A selection of Arsenal supporters on social media have suggested that youngster Nelson is recalled to the XI, but in an unusual right wing-back position.
The Gunners play a back four usually, but the injury to left-back Kieran Tierney has posed so many questions regarding the team selection.
21-year-old Nelson has been a fringe player this season for the north London club, but some fans on Twitter believe it could be time to try him in a new position.
He’s a right-winger with great pace, but has found minutes hard to come by under Arteta.
There are some who feel he could be effective if Arsenal switched to a three at the back system with wing-backs, and it’s a role Nelson played very briefly back under former manager Arsene Wenger.
It certainly would be a massive shock to see a change of system to accommodate Nelson tomorrow.
We should give Nelson a go at RB/RWB. https://t.co/HPg2JpaMMF
— Rami (@Ra_mi34) April 7, 2021
Hear me out,Saka LWB and nelson RWB
— 💫 (@R19ii7) April 7, 2021
Nelson Rwb over Bellerin
You heard it here first
— Leon ☔️ (@L14_afc) April 7, 2021
Nelson RWB for sure
— oscar (@oscar_x77) April 7, 2021
Not a bad shout tbf, not against Nelson/Cedric at RWB https://t.co/hZeisuiCmO
— hendogg (@HenryM131) April 7, 2021
Nelson RWB I’m alive
— Max ✍🏼 (@AFCMax9) April 7, 2021
Not really when you have Partey and Chambers covering you but yeah valid point. Don’t forget Moses excelled there for Chelsea having been a winger throughout his career.
— Rob (@AFC_Blogger49) April 7, 2021
Play him and Martinelli on the left, they done very well together when they played there, try 3 at the back saka at LWB, and Hector at RWB or even Nelson at RWB he's played there before for Wenger, may as well go hell for leather now for the Europa
— Seán Cresham (@Seanc619619) April 7, 2021