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Arsene Wenger has a knack for giving youngsters opportunity and transforming them into professionals – this has accounted for the success in the Gunners youth set up.
Arsenal youngster Reiss Nelson has revealed how he snubbed the Gunners capital London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in order to lace his boots for Arsenal, as reported by London Evening Standard.
Nelson broke into the scene of Arsenal this season as he took part and impressed in the Gunners pre-season tour – he has featured five times for the Gunners in the Europa league and Carabao Cup and he has become the toast of the fans.
Mauricio Pochettino has a blend of young players but he is unlucky not to have Nelson at his disposal because the 17-year-old attacker chose to Arsenal over the Lilywhites.
“I was nine years old, I used to play for a team in Catford,” Nelson told the Arsenal Weekly Podcast. “I would get up every morning with my brother, get on the train and travel to Catford three times a week.
“I was there for about two months playing for a team called Moonshot FC. I got scouted for Tottenham and was there for three to four weeks before a phone call from Arsenal came. The first session they wanted to sign me so, happy days, I didn’t look back.
“I’m an Arsenal fan, everyone in my family is Arsenal, so it wasn’t a hard decision.”
The youngster has been viewed as the idle replacement for the Gunners contract rebel Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, who preferred to jump the ship to Anfield.
Arsenal have given opportunity for several youngsters with the latest being Alex Iwobi, who would be a regular but for the formation played by Arsenal.
Nelson continues to train with the senior team of the Gunners instead of he Under-23 side and we hope he continues to develop and come good for the London giants.