Reiss Nelson is confident of securing an Arsenal breakthrough this season and establishing himself at the Emirates.
The England U21 international returned to the club the summer following a largely successful loan spell at Hoffenheim last season, with the 19-year-old now determined to succeed at Arsenal after being integrated into the first team under Unai Emery.
The winger started the club’s first two Premier League fixtures of the new season, and Nelson admits he is confident he will be given further opportunities this season.
“All the competition that’s here, all the new wingers Arsenal have signed… I think this could be my time,” Nelson told arsenal.com.
“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.
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“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.”
Regarding the faith shown in him by boss Unai Emery, the academy graduate added: “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. I think that’s good for a coach to have two sides: the jokey side and the fiery side.
“For me, especially, it helps me a lot to continue to improve and keep going. He helps a lot of the young players because there were a lot of them who came on the pre-season tour. He told them to be themselves, if they made a mistake just carry on. He helps them grow and gives them a great chance.”