'Even further down the pecking order': Watts thinks one Arsenal player will really be cursing his luck now
Charles Watts has admitted he feels a bit sorry for Arsenal winger Reiss Nelson in wake of the Gunners’ win over FC Zurich.
The Goal.com correspondent, speaking on his YouTube channel, feels Marquinhos’ display will have left Nelson cursing his luck.
Nelson remains sidelined with a thigh injury which he picked up prior to the 4-2 defeat of Leicester City on August 13.
According to The Mirror, the Arsenal talent is not expected to return to action until the start of October at the earliest.
On Thursday, Marquinhos enjoyed a near-perfect debut in red and white.
The 19-year-old registered a goal and an assist to help the Gunners triumph in Switzerland.
Marquinhos is very much the man of the moment at the Emirates Stadium now.
And while it’s great for him and the club, Watts reckons it’s not good for Nelson.
“I feel a little bit sorry for Reiss Nelson, I have to say,” the journalist said.
“Because he would have been looking at the Europa League this season and hoping it was going to be an opportunity for him to make a bit of an impact.
“Obviously he’s got this injury now which has ruled him out
“And he probably was sitting there (Thursday) watching Marquinhos perform the way he did on the right-hand side and thinking: ‘Oh God, I’m going to be even further down the pecking order now when I do come back and get back fit’.
“So I felt a little bit sorry for him.”
Nelson broke into the Arsenal first team in 2017 under Arsene Wenger.
He has made 48 competitive appearances for the Gunners, but has struggled to cement a regular starting spot.
Nelson has had two loan spells while at Arsenal – at Hoffenheim and, last season, at Feyenoord.
The 22-year-old has superb potential – Emile Smith Rowe recently said Nelson was the “standout” in his age group.
However, Nelson just isn’t getting a break at Arsenal – so it’ll be interesting to see what happens in January.
Could he opt to make a move away from the Emirates in pursuit of first-team football?
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