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‘Top talent’, ‘so much quality’: Some Arsenal fans want £15k-a-week man to start tonight

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‘Top talent’, ‘so much quality’: Some Arsenal fans want £15k-a-week man to start tonight

A number of Arsenal fans have urged Gunners boss Mikel Arteta to start Reiss Nelson in tonight’s Europa League opener.

The North Londoners begin their Group B campaign with a trip to Austrian side Rapid Vienna.

With Arsenal facing a difficult match against Leicester on Sunday, Arteta could be tempted into making numerous changes tonight.

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Nelson, 20, can play on both flanks as well as attacking midfield, so he could cover for the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Willian and Nicolas Pepe.

The Gunners academy graduate has made just two competitive appearances this season for 80 minutes of game time.

However, the Europa League could be a great shout for Arteta to give him minutes and stake a claim for a more regular first-team role.

Calls on social media for Nelson to start were plentiful in the lead-up to the game at the Allianz Stadion:

 

Nelson has made 40 competitive senior appearances for Arsenal, registering three goals and three assists.

He signed a new contract in 2018, reportedly worth £15,000-a-week, which runs until the summer of 2023.

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