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.
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:
Expecting Reiss to start tomorrow and hopefully he performs well. A top talent who has so much quality. Play him on the left as well, like we did against Leicester. That’s his best position
— RohansBlog (@RjArsenalBlog) October 21, 2020
I dont know why Reiss is starting me to remind zelalum, only difference is Reiss getting more chances to show his talent.. hope he maximizes these opportunity n make a difference in squad..
— SaranAFC (@saranhora) October 21, 2020
Start Reiss pls
— evan 》 (@afcevan) October 21, 2020
— Sam.🎯 (@afcsxmuel) October 21, 2020
Start Pepe, Partey, Reiss, And free Özil
Please and thanks.
— ً (@PepeneIIi) October 21, 2020
Start Reiss please tomorrow @Arsenal 🦋
— Sahar 🦋 (@sahxrrr) October 21, 2020
Play Reiss or consequences
— Nyhgt (@Nyhgtafc) October 21, 2020
He should be rested for Leicester and man UTD games.
The likes of elenny, Nelson should play
— Omisore kolawole T. (@Omisorekolawol2) October 21, 2020
Play nelson please
— Manick! At the Disco (@BteamBradbee) October 21, 2020
Nelson has made 40 competitive senior appearances for Arsenal, registering three goals and three assists.