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Reiss Nelson has confirmed that he could have been a Tottenham player before Arsenal offered him a chance in their youth setup.
The 17-year-old attacker is one of the most highly-rated youngsters in the Arsenal setup and has settled himself in Arsene Wenger’s first-team setup over recent months.
Nelson has made five competitive matches in the Europa League and EFL Cup this season, impressing in an unusual right wing-back role and demonstrating defensive discipline to go alongside his prodigious attacking talent.
It could have been Mauricio Pochettino and not Arsene Wenger, benefiting from Nelson’s rise to promise, though having grown up as an Arsenal fan it was not a decision the young winger had to spend long considering.
Nelson told the Arsenal Weekly Podcast.
“I was nine years old, when I used to play for a team in Catford, I would get up every morning, get on the train with my brother and travel to Catford three times a week.
I got scouted by Tottenham and was there for 3-4 weeks before a phone call came from Arsenal. The first session they wanted to sign me so, happy days, I didn’t look back.
“I’m an Arsenal fan and everyone in my family is the Gunners, so it wasn’t a hard decision.”
According to the Standard Sport, in August that Nelson was considered by the Arsenal hierarchy as a replacement for former Southampton winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain after his £40million move to Liverpool and the youngster has used his opportunity.