Highly-rated PL starlet reveals he snubbed Tottenham to join London rivals
By Guy Giles
Up-and-coming winger Reiss Nelson has revealed he was offered the chance to join the youth set-up at Spurs before Premier League rivals Arsenal swooped in at the last minute.
Boyhood Gunners fan Nelson is one of the hottest prospects on the Arsenal books at the moment, and his first appearances for the senior team have shown significant promise.
The winger has impressed Arsene Wenger in his five appearances so far this season, showing surprising versatility in an unfamiliar wing-back role while playing in the EFL Cup and the Europa League.
Speaking to the Arsenal Weekly Podcast, as quoted by the London Evening Standard, Nelson said: “I was nine years old, I used to play for a team in Catford. I was there for about two months playing for a team called Moonshot FC.
“I got scouted for Tottenham and was there for three to four weeks before a phone call from Arsenal came. The first session they wanted to sign me so, happy days, I didn’t look back.
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“I’m an Arsenal fan, everyone in my family is Arsenal, so it wasn’t a hard decision.”
Nelson’s decision looks to have paid off as he begins to make his way into the Arsenal fold, with rumours suggesting that the club’s hierarchy see him as a replacement for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
In other Tottenham Hotspur news, a report suggest that Spurs are the favourites in the race to sign this highly-rated youngster.