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‘I think this could be my time’ – Arsenal’s emerging star ready to make a big impact this season

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Arsenal teenager Reiss Nelson is looking forward to the competition for places in the wide attacking department and believes he can make the push to become a first-team regular.

The 19-year-old was handed with starts in the opening two Premier League games against Newcastle United and Burnley respectively, but he was an used substitute during the recent encounter against Liverpool on the road.

At present, Nelson faces stiff competition for a wider attacking role with the presence of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Nicolas Pepe and Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the ranks, but he is confident that he can seize on his opportunity to be rewarded with regular playing time.

“All the competition that’s here, all the new wingers Arsenal have signed… I think this could be my time. I need to just keep training hard and getting all the information from the coaches and the players. If I do that, I’m going to have a big, big shout this season,” he told Arsenal.com.

Nelson is widely regarded as one of the best graduates from the academy and he was impressive during his season-long loan at Hoffenheim last term, where he contributed seven goals and three assists despite failing to command a regular starting role.

With the new Premier season, he has not been able to make a difference from a couple of appearances from the left wing, and he may now have to wait for an opportunity off the bench, given Aubameyang and Pepe are expected to be the frontline choices for the wide attacking positions.

Elsewhere, the Gunners graduate should receive playing time in the League Cup and the Europa League group stage in the coming months, and strong displays in those competitions could pave the way to earning more minutes in the top-flight amid the competition.

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