Mikel Arteta and his team are going through a bit of a nightmare at the start of 2024. The Gunners have won one out of their last seven matches in all competitions, which is Mikel Arteta’s worst run since becoming Arsenal manager in 2019.
What is even more concerning is Arsenal’s form in front of goal. Mikel Arteta’s side have had 61 shots over the last three games and only managed to score one goal. In their last two homes games they’ve had 43 shots on goal and scored zero.
The stats don’t look good and Mikel Arteta attempted to stop the rut against Liverpool last night by presenting Reiss Nelson with a rare opportunity in the starting line-up. The decision almost paid off after two minutes when Aaron Ramsdale found the winger with a kick up field. Nelson rounded Alisson but unfortunately couldn’t find the back of the net.
Despite Reiss Nelson’s best efforts, Arsenal fell to defeat again to Liverpool in the FA Cup last night which meant it was three defeats in a row for Mikel Arteta’s side. Despite the result, the winger admitted after the match that he hopes he will get more chances starting games after his performance at the Emirates Stadium yesterday.
This season the 24-year-old is yet to start a Premier League match for Arsenal, although he has come off the bench nine times. In all competitions Nelson has started four games under Mikel Arteta this season, which includes last night’s appearance in the FA Cup.
It’s no surprise Reiss Nelson is unhappy with his current game time after the club worked so hard to convince the player to sign a new long-term contract at the end of last season. Although Nelson insisted his desire to fight for his place and achieve with his boyhood club.
Reiss Nelson: “Yeah. I have said this before, but Arsenal is my club since I was eight years old. Of course, I want to be playing much more than I am right now. It’s good to be coming off the bench, but I want to be starting. I feel like I am proving myself every day in training, so with this momentum I want to go on and keep playing more.
“I signed my contract, I am here now and I have just got to prove to the boss that I deserve more minutes. Like I said, when I get chances to play I can prove myself and show everyone what I can do.”
With the January transfer window open there are many clubs showing an interest in the Arsenal winger. Wolves, Brentford and Fulham have all been linked with Reiss Nelson in the past and there’s no doubt that interest would be reignited if the player was to leave North London this month.
However from the looks of the players’ comments, Reiss Nelson is determined to stay at Arsenal and fight for his place.