Nelson gives confident outlook over Arsenal shirt battle with Pepe

Date published: Tuesday 27th August 2019 1:35

Reiss Nelson insists it his time to shine at Arsenal, despite the club making a raft of summer signings, including club record buy Nicolas Pepe.

The Gunners enjoyed a brilliant transfer window this summer with six new signings arriving, with the addition of £72m capture Pepe in attack adding to a wealth of options up front and seemingly pushing the likes of Nelson down the pecking order.

And after his fellow youngster Eddie Nketiah opted to join Leeds on a season’s loan, Nelson – who spent last season at Hoffenheim – still believes he will get a chance to impress Unai Emery, that despite the club also having the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Joe Willock as options in attack.

“All the competition that’s here, all the new wingers Arsenal have signed… I think this could be my time,” Nelson told the club’s official website.

“I need to just keep training hard and getting all the information from the coaches and the players. If I do that, I’m going to have a big, big shout this season.

“It’s about taking those steps, doing the easy thing and getting the basics right first. Once I do that, I think I will get chances. Then it’s up to me to perform and do well for the team.”

Emery has previously opted to place faith in a number of Arsenal youngsters with the likes of Nketiah, Willock and Matteo Guendouzi all being afforded opportunities, despite their relative inexperience.

And Nelson has paid tribute to the Spanish coach for the faith he places in his younger players.

“Unai’s very positive and always telling you to express yourself, but also he’s got that thing where he’ll tell you if you do something wrong,” Nelson added.

“I think that’s good for a coach to have two sides: the jokey side and the fiery side.”

 

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