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Signing Reiss Nelson to a long-term deal is ideal for Emery’s future plans

Signing Reiss Nelson to a long-term deal is ideal for Emery’s future plans

Under Unai Emery, Arsenal are about to embark on the first season of the huge post-Wenger era.

Under Arsene Wenger, the club established itself as a side that played great football, discovered future stars and also brought through young academy players into the first-team.

The likes of Jack Wilshere, Cesc Fabregas and Hector Bellerin all came through because of the Frenchman.

Most recently, Joe Willock, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Eddie Nketiah and Reiss Nelson all progressed through the academy into the first-team fold at the tail end of Wenger’s tenure.

Arguably the best of the four, Nelson is highly regarded at the club but as of yet has not signed a new deal to stay at Arsenal with his current contract running out next summer.

According to The Sun, the youngster is on the verge of signing a new five-year contract to stay at the club.

The Breakdown

The young star has apparently been waiting to see how he will feature in Unai Emery’s plans this season, and after an impressive pre-season, it seems clear that the 18-year-old will feature in some form for the club.

He signed his first professional deal with the club two years ago and made his Premier League debut in January and made his first start against Southampton in April.

The youngster scored nine goals and three assists in the Premier League 2 last season and could be a real asset to Emery going forward.

Aside from Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, Arsenal don’t really have a quick and direct winger, moreover with Lucas Perez close to a move to West Ham and Danny Welbeck also close to the exit door, having Nelson in the ranks is going to be crucial.

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