“What a goal! Reiss Nelson has won it for Arsenal! And the place has gone wild!”
Arsenal supporters and Premier League enthusiasts alike can all remember that incredible day at the Emirates Stadium when it seemed inevitable that the Gunners would go on to win their first league title in 20 years.
While Arsenal were not able to turn Nelson’s 97th minute winner against Bournemouth into silverware, the academy veteran has dreamed about those moments since he was just eight-years-old and has turned his wildest fantasies into reality in his recent years playing for the Arsenal first team.
In 2007, when Reiss Nelson joined Arsenal football club, the squad was just coming off of a Champions League Final and the youngster stuck it out to make his debut for the Gunners in the competition 16 years later against PSV last week.
Academy graduate Reiss Nelson has endured a long journey to make it to the Arsenal first team but has showed flashes of brilliance throughout his years at the club. Nelson was loaned to German club Hoffenheim in the 2018-19 season and showed enough signs of class to make a few Europa league appearances which impressed the boss at the time, Unai Emery.
After struggling to make it into the squad under current manager Mikel Arteta, Nelson went to the Netherlands in the 2021-22 season to play for Feyenoord and after boasting 6 G/A in 21 matches, the boss, Mikel Arteta, felt it was time to bring Nelson back home and give him an opportunity in the first-team.
After returning to the first team, Reiss Nelson boasted 5 G/A in his first 3 Premier League games coming off the bench. Since then, he has looked dangerous every time he’s made his way onto the pitch and the Arsenal supporters have backed him heavily. Although he hasn’t made it into the starting XI, Nelson is seen as an essential member of the Arsenal squad and the 23-year-old winger was given a new four-year contract over the summer to cap off his incredible impact in an outstanding season for the Gunners.
During the summer, Nelson was cited on the Arsenal website stating: “I’m kind of lost for words If I’m honest because, this is a team that I’ve been here since I was eight-years-old. I’m 23 now. It’s been a hell of a journey.
“And I’m just so happy really, You know, really happy, delighted to sign for this amazing club, my family are Arsenal supporters. So that makes it even happier, you know?
“But like I said, I’m just really happy and I just can’t wait to get started for the new season.”
Nelson came off the bench against PSV last Wednesday and immediately added a unique threat to the left-hand side. Reiss Nelson has come on leaps and bounds since Mikel Arteta arrived at Arsenal and only bigger things are yet to come.