Teenager posts Twitter verdict after agreeing Arsenal deal
By Will Butcher
Reiss Nelson has revealed his joy on Twitter after signing his first professional contract at Arsenal.
The 17-year-old attacker signed on the dotted line to earn his first senior deal at the Emirates on Friday, 10 years after joining the academy at just seven years of age.
Posting on his personal Twitter account, attacker Nelson described Arsenal as a “great club” as he posed for a picture with manager Arsene Wenger.
— Reiss Nelson (@ReissNelson9) December 23, 2016
The England Under-18s international is regarded as one of the best up and coming talents at the Emirates, as he continues to star for the Gunners’ youth sides.
Already a regular in Arsenal’s reserve side despite only being 17, Nelson has scored three goals and provided a further three strikes during 17 outings in Premier League 2.
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Predominantly a right-winger, Nelson has also scored twice in the UEFA Youth League with goals coming in both games against Ludogorets’ reserve side.
However, Nelson has his work cut out in north London with many players above him in the Arsenal pecking order.
The likes of Alex Iwobi, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are all regulars on the flanks for the Gunners, with many other young stars such as Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Jeff Reine-Adelaide also eyeing a place in the first team.
Nelson could target the Arsenal’s upcoming participation in the FA Cup as a chance for game time, with an away trip to Preston scheduled for January 7 in the third round.
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