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Arsenal starlet Reiss Nelson set to sign contract extension

PUBLISHED: 12:51 10 April 2018 | UPDATED: 12:55 10 April 2018

Arsenal youth academy graduate Reiss Nelson is set to sign an extended contract deal. Image John Walton/PA

Arsenal youth academy graduate Reiss Nelson is set to sign an extended contract deal. Image John Walton/PA

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Arsenal starlet Reiss Nelson is set to sign an extended contract deal with the club it has been revelaed.

The highly-rated 18-year-old from Elephant and Castle made his Premier League debut in Sunday’s 3-2 win against Southampton.

Nelson, who has been at the club since he was seven, signed his first professional contract 24 months ago and has already made 15 appearances this term.

The talented teenager has been a regular in the side’s Europa League campaign with Wenger telling the Islington Gazette in Germany after the Gunners lost 1-0 to Cologne back in November that he was extremely impressed with the youngster.

Nelson said: “It is a big achievement to sign for a big club like Arsenal so I’m just delighted with the contract and hopeful that I can sign it soon.”

“The boss is the man in charge and I have just got to do what he says,” said Nelson. “If I keep training hard. and if I get the opportunity to play, I will play well and we will take it from there.

“He is one of the biggest influences for me - he keeps pushing the youngsters – me, Eddie [Nketiah] and Joe [Willock[ – I think he has got a bright future planned for us.

“I think a first-team start in the Premier League at a high level like this is a step forward. The Premier League is so much faster. You have to play everything a bit quicker, one and two-touch. We had to do that and I enjoyed that.

“A Premier League start was on the cards but I think I need to score, that is the only one I haven’t achieved so fingers crossed I can get a cheeky goal before the end of the season.”

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