Winger Reiss Nelson was on the scoresheet for Arsenal as they saw off Molde 3-0 in the Europa League last night.

That win in Norway sealed progression to the knockout stages of the competition.

After the match, Gunners boss Mikel Arteta told the club’s official website how impressed he’s been with Nelson’s improvement in the past month.

He referenced his training performances, although said he’s still got elements to work on defensively.

Molde FK v Arsenal FC: Group B - UEFA Europa League
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“He’s made some big steps in the last month or so,” said Arteta. “He’s shown what he can do. (He) wants to take you on all the time, very vertical, a great player when he runs in behind and very unpredictable.

“Defensively, there are things that he needs to do better and he will improve in that but he’s a much more mature player. We’re doing a lot of work with him. He’s so willing. He’s asking for more all the time.


“He wants individual meetings. He wants to work on the pitch on certain aspects we think he can improve. He’s training really really well. He had a click and we needed that click. His last performances have been really good.”

Molde FK v Arsenal FC: Group B - UEFA Europa League
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Arteta also mentioned again in his interview that Nelson could’ve left Arsenal this summer but wanted to stay and knuckle down.

It sounds like he’s doing that – and something has clicked in the past month.

With Arsenal struggling for creativity in the league, Nelson may hope to get his chance there soon.

That said, Arteta made a point of picking out his defensive work as an area to improve on, which could be a clue as to why he isn’t getting selected in the league right now.

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