Arsenal forward Reiss Nelson has backed Mikel Arteta to turn him into a top player after seeing him play a part in the transformation of Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane at Manchester City.
It can be recalled that Arteta was formerly Pep Guardiola’s assistant at Manchester City where he played a role in the development of the aforementioned duo, and Nelson is hoping to follow in their footsteps.
“It is crazy because you look at Sterling and Sane and you see them before at their previous teams, they weren’t doing what they do now,” said the 20-year-old.
“I think that is credit to Pep, of course, but Mikel as well because they said he did a lot of one-to-one work with them.
“You can see it because Mikel’s drive is different. I haven’t seen a manager with that much determination to make individuals into better players. I have all my belief in Mikel and I think he is going to make me into a top player.”
Reiss Nelson’s involvement in the Arsenal team has improved since the arrival of Mikel Arteta and only a recent hamstring has hampered his progress under the Spaniard.
Arteta knows the England Under-21 international from his playing days at Arsenal and also coached him when he was working towards acquiring his coaching badges. Therefore, he’s conversant with the player’s style of play.
Nelson added: “There were times when I was 15 and he was doing his coaching badges that I used to get the ball and just run past everyone. That was one of my biggest traits.
“He used to manage that team, so he has probably seen glimpses of that. I wouldn’t say it was too easy back then, but now is a great time to have him as a manager because he understands what I am good at.
“Of course, he is going to give me the encouragement when I need it and if I am not doing the right stuff he is going to tell me.
“That’s what I really love, someone who gives me confidence, but then when I am doing the wrong thing, they tell me.
“I am working closely with Mikel and hopefully nailing down my spot in the Arsenal first team.”