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Arteta’s dream player: Arsenal dynamo who lost possession 19 times stole the show – opinion

Despite netting in Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Liverpool at the back end of last season, Reiss Nelson hasn’t seen too much game-time in the first-team.

The England U21 international has yet to play a single minute of Premier League football at the start of this new campaign, with his only form of action coming in the cup competitions.

But against Dundalk in the Europa League on Thursday night, Nelson delivered one of his most impressive performances in an Arsenal shirt, giving manager Mikel Arteta plenty to think about over these coming weeks and months.

Starting from the right-hand side of attack, the 20-year-old was one of the few Gunners players who always looked to drive forward at every opportunity, causing Dundalk defenders to run back towards their own goal in fear.

Whilst he may not have gotten himself on the score-sheet or even provided an assist for any of Arsenal’s goals in their 3-0 win over their Irish counterparts, he was undeniably their brightest spark.

As per Sofascore, he had three total shots, delivered two key passes and sent in a team-high ten crosses. Whilst only three of them found their mark, the intent was there, and in a team that’s been crying out for some creativity and energy recently, Nelson provided bundles of that.

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With Arteta being praised for the work he did with Manchester City’s wide players Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane whilst he was at the Etihad, he will surely see Nelson as his new project here at the Emirates.

The starlet has all the raw ingredients to become a top player, with pace to burn and incredible close control whilst running at speed. If the Arsenal boss can harness that in the right way, then they could have one of the Premier League’s elite wingers on their hands.

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