Mikel Arteta revealed he first recognized Reiss Nelson’s potential throughout his formative days in Arsenal’s youth group.
Plenty has been anticipated of Nelson, 20, for a while however the winger has solely simply began having fun with a run in the Gunners’ first group.
His introduction again into the aspect got here after Arteta’s appointment final month, with the Spaniard claiming all the things got here ‘too easy’ to Nelson throughout his early years at the membership.
Having been loaned out to Hoffenheim final season and beginning simply 5 video games this yr earlier than Arteta changed Unai Emery in December, Nelson has since began three of the final 5 matches.
Former Manchester City assistant Arteta was praised for his one-on-one teaching work with wingers Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane at the Etihad Stadium and, whereas he refused to attract comparisons between the pair and Nelson, he admits he has been pleasantly shocked by the England Under-21 worldwide.
‘I wouldn’t like to check, what I’ll say is that Reiss has the potential to do no matter he desires,’ he stated.
‘I do know Reiss as a result of I coached him when he was 16 and straightaway he caught my eye.
‘If he desires to do it, desires to study and needs to problem himself he can be a high, high participant for this soccer membership.
‘At the moment I believe he is on the proper path, with the proper angle after which there are a number of elements: he must cope with strain, ship each three days, rating extra targets and make the distinction extra for the group as a result of he has the high quality to do this.
‘I do know Reiss as a result of I coached him when he was 16 and right away he caught my eye. He is a boy that’s prepared to study and loves the sport however I believe he has been a bit bit confused in the previous few years – what route he needed to take, a few of the choices that he made.
‘Now I can see that he really wants it and I think he has the potential to do whatever he wants. He needs guidance, he needs a little bit of a stick, and he’s up for it. I put him in to play and I belief him as a result of he desires it and I believe he can ship.”
When it involves the elements which have held Nelson again up to now, Arteta clearly feels the buck has to cease with the participant.
‘I used to be anticipating a bit extra from his aspect as nicely,” he stated. “He must take accountability as nicely.
‘If he desires to play for this membership each three days, when you need to step in there you need to be nearly good and at the moment I see this type of angle and need.
‘Because he was that good when he was younger, all the things was too straightforward for him.
‘You have a lot of habits and those habits have to be taken away and replaced with new ones and he has done that very quickly, much quicker than I thought and that is why he has been playing.’