Arsenal’s U23 side drew 1-1 against Brighton and Hove Albion’s U23s in the Premier League 2 thanks to a late goal from Reiss Nelson. Unai Emery was in attendance at the game and a number of Arsenal fans are hoping Nelson has done enough to convince the gaffer to play him on Saturday.
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) 21 August 2018
Arsenal have a rich history of bringing young players through the club and the current crop of youngsters are just as promising as ever, with Reiss Nelson one of the shining lights among them. The fans are waiting for their first win of the season and they’ll be confident that it can come on Saturday against West Ham, who are also winless, at The Emirates.
The Gunners are calling for some of their U23s to get given a chance in the fixture, though, with some calling for Mesut Ozil to be demoted to the bench for someone like Nelson or another one of their youngsters, Emile Smith-Rowe. The club are in a great position to kick on and build using their academy and it’s just a matter of seeing how much faith Emery has in some of his younger talents as to whether they’ll feature in the Premier League.
You can read the Arsenal fans’ calls for Nelson to start here:
Get Reiss Nelson in, from the right drop Ozil and play Mkhi down the middle behind Auba
— Jack Maulkerson (@JackMaulks) August 21, 2018
Put him in instead of lazy @MesutOzil1088!!!
— arsenalmad79Reloaded (@arsenalmad37) August 21, 2018
Smith is one guy he must be having eye on from Arsenal U23
— Sulthan (@SulthanKhan) August 21, 2018
He needs to bench Ozil for 1 game.
— Thembekile Nambane (@TnambaneNambane) August 21, 2018
I want to see r.nelson play at right wing and e.nketah play at ozil https://t.co/vE9PFUR28O blood will rise
— razalie bin kahipin (@RazalieK) August 21, 2018
I'd like to se RN coming from the bench for last 10-15 minutes agains WHU and of course as a starter in all 3 cups.
— Szymon Koliński (@kolin_96) August 21, 2018
He needs to give that boy a chance
— Sello.M% (@a40ec2b974ff462) August 21, 2018
The fans are keen to see Nelson put in the senior squad and they all seem to believe the teenager would thrive against West Ham on Saturday.