Arsenal winger Reiss Nelson has set his sights on developing to the level of Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane under the guidance of Mikel Arteta.
The England U21 international is keen to realise his exciting potential under the Spaniard, who was a very popular figure at the Etihad Stadium before becoming Gunners boss in December.
Arteta was often credited by Pep Guardiola and his players for his ideas, and Nelson sees his appointment as a potential means to become like some of City’s top players.
He told the Evening Standard: “It is crazy because you look at Sterling and Sane and you see them before at their previous teams, they weren’t doing what they do now.
“I think that is credit to Pep, of course, but Mikel as well because they said he did a lot of one-to-one work with them.”
In recent years, Sterling’s finishing has improved dramatically and Guardiola attributed that down to Arteta back in 2017 (BBC Sport).
The £49 million signing (BBC Sport) is now one of England’s best players, and has 89 goals and 71 assists for his club.
Sane, who cost £37 million (BBC Sport), has been injured all season but has previously wowed fans of English football with his frightening pace, dribbling and knack for scoring goals and making assists.
TBR’s view – Sterling and Sane excellent examples for Nelson
Nelson is right to use the brilliant City wingers as his inspiration.
When both are on song, few are better in Europe, and perhaps Arteta’s work could one day help Nelson reach that kind of level.
There have been plenty of comments made about the ex-midfielder’s influence on City players , suggesting he could help Nelson flourish.
Still only 20, there is plenty of time for him to develop, although it will take a lot of hard work on his part.