Nelson ready to stake his claim after Ox exit

The year just keeps on getting better for Reiss Nelson.

Having made his breakthrough at under-23 level after signing his first professional contract, Reiss earned a place on tour with our first team in pre-season and kicked off the new season with five goals in three Premier League 2 games - winning the player of the month award.

Now the 17-year-old is targeting first-team opportunities and looking to impress the boss following his comments in our pre-Bournemouth press conference.

"It’s a great feeling," Reiss told Arsenal Player. "Along with Joe [Willock] as well, we’re both still young players looking for the opportunity, so when things like that happen I think we’ll be ready for it and will take it with both hands. 

"At the end of the day I’m a player and if the boss puts my in that position, I will do my best job for the team. At the moment I’m playing in a front three and I’m finding my goals there, and feeling really confident there. 

"At the moment I’m happy to play in a front three or, if I have to do it for the team, play right wing-back as well.

"The boss said to me [on tour] to just play with freedom [at wing-back], play as I would normally play, I went out with that in mind and I think I showed that as well. For the defending that I had to do, I decided to be smart and a lot of the older boys’ encouragement helped me to do that. It went well."

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