Mikel Arteta heaped praise on winger Reiss Nelson after his Arsenal side progressed to the knockout stages of the Europa League with a 3-0 win over Norwegian outfit Molde.
Nelson scored his team’s second goal of the night and grasped his opportunity to start a game with absolute aplomb.
The 20-year-old has worked tirelessly at his game but he’s been forced to wait patiently for a chance to impress in the first-team.
After stepping off the bench at the weekend, Arteta allowed the £20,000-a-week youngster the chance to shine from the start.
He didn’t disappoint and earned rave reviews from his gaffer after the game.
In quotes from Metro, Arteta said: “He’s made some big steps in the last month or so. He’s shown what he can do.
“Again, he’s another player that wants to take you on all the time, he’s very vertical, he’s a great player when he runs in behind and he’s very unpredictable.
“He showed a great attitude, in my opinion, to that he didn’t want to leave on loan because he believes that he’s got a chance to play here.
“Now it’s up to him but I must say that his last performances have been really good.”
TBR View – Nelson must be edging closer to Premier League minutes
Let’s be honest here and say that Molde aren’t very good.
They huffed and puffed in both games against Arsenal but ultimately the class told in the end.
That said, Nelson can only showcase his talents against what is in front of him and boy did he do that in Norway last night.
His trickery was a joy to behold and he thoroughly deserved a goal for his tireless efforts.
With that in mind, Nelson must be edging closer to a start in the Premier League.
Arteta is desperately trying to find a creative spark and Nelson could be just the man to provide one.