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TBR View: Mikel Arteta must hand Reiss Nelson a Premier League run

Molde FK v Arsenal FC: Group B - UEFA Europa League
Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

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TBR View: Mikel Arteta must hand Reiss Nelson a Premier League run

The youngster did his chances of impressing his boss no harm at all against Molde.

Arsenal won 3-0 against Molde last night to book their place in the knockout stages of the Europa League – with Reiss Nelson proving to Mikel Arteta that he is deserving of a Premier League start.

The Gunners had Nelson to thank for one of the goals during the game in Norway, with Nicolas Pepe and Folarin Balogun scoring the other two goals.

It was the performance of Nelson that provide the Arsenal fans with the biggest talking point – and perhaps the one aspect of the game that leaves Arteta with serious food for thought.

Molde FK v Arsenal FC: Group B - UEFA Europa League

(Photo; David Price; Arsenal FC; Getty Images)

Scoring goals has been a big problem for the Gunners this season. They have found the net just nine times during their opening nine games, with three of those coming in one game against Fulham.

With that in mind, there is a serious issue when it comes to lacking a creative spark.

Surely the time has arisen to unleash Nelson in the Premier League.

The 20-year-old has been forced to wait patiently for a chance to shine in the league and he did get off the bench last Sunday against Leeds United.

 

He did look quite lively when called upon but it was his performance last night that really showcased his talents.

Quality

Nelson can play in a number of positions and his versatility makes him a great asset to have in his squad on a matchday.

The youngster has learnt his trade coming through the youth ranks and also during a loan spell with Hoffenheim during the 2018/19 campaign.

Molde FK v Arsenal FC: Group B - UEFA Europa League

(Photo; David Price; Arsenal FC; Getty Images)

Arsenal fans would probably forgive a younger talent for making a few mistakes, rather than an experienced head who has been in the team and underperformed previously.

Nelson is skilful, takes players on with ease and given a run in the team he could help himself to even more goals.

On his day the £20,000-a-week performer has the ability to light up the Emirates Stadium and his potential is there for all to see.

The youngster has given Arteta a massive headache with his latest performance.

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