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Arsenal: England U-21 performance shows Reiss Nelson is ready for Gunners first-team

Arsenal: England U-21 performance shows Reiss Nelson is ready for Gunners first-team

He has been the player most Arsenal fans have been hoping to see in the U-21 EUROs, and Reiss Nelson certainly didn’t disappoint in what was to be his only appearance in the competition.

With England already out of the competition heading into the final game of the group against Croatia, Aidy Boothroyd handed a first start to Nelson, along with a handful of other Young Lion stars, in the dead rubber match in San Marino, and within 10 minutes the Arsenal youngster proved why he should have been starting in the first place.

The 19-year-old winger won a penalty and promptly scored from the spot to give England the opening goal of what was to be an entertaining 3-3 draw, and for Nelson, it was the exact game he needed to prove to Unai Emery that he deserves a shot in the Arsenal first-team next season.

Indeed, the winger has already built up a strong resume for his application to be part of Emery’s plans next season following a successful year out on-loan with Hoffenheim where Nelson found the back of the net seven times for the Bundesliga side, breaking Roberto Firmino’s record of being the youngest player to score that number of goals in a campaign for the club.

As well as impressing last campaign, Nelson is the type of player we believe Arsenal are in need of next season. With Emery typically preferring a 4-2-3-1 formation and only two natural wingers to utilise in Alex Iwobi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, the England U-21 attacker can easily slot into this system due to his ability to play on both wings (as per Transfermarkt) and his keen eye for goal.

The game against Croatia was exactly what Nelson needed to get his name out there to Emery next season, and if the winger isn’t part of the first-team plans it will be a decision that could go down poorly with Arsenal supporters.

Arsenal fans, should Nelson be part of the first-team next season? Let us know!

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