Arsenal fans react to Reiss Nelson's first Premier League start vs Southampton

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It was yet another weird Premier League game at the Emirates v Southampton.

Domestic fixtures are certainly not at the forefront of both Arsenal and fans minds right now, with the Europa League clearly the important competition right now.

As such, Arsene Wenger made a number of changes against the Saints, with only four players keeping their place from the 4-1 win v CSKA Moscow on Thursday. However, the Gunners still managed to seal a 3-2 win, with Danny Welbeck scoring twice.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was brought back in and found the back of the net for the sixth time in seven games, with Alex Iwobi also coming into the attack and registering a beautiful assist for the third goal.

However, the exciting addition to the forward line was a first Premier League start for 18-year-old sensation Reiss Nelson.

The Englishman is very highly-rated by the club and fans, so his performance was being closely monitored.

And the reaction from Arsenal fans to his performance was very positive, with some even suggesting that he should already be ahead of Iwobi.


Some interesting reaction.

Nelson only lasted just over an hour, with Jack Wilshere replacing the youngster, but he certainly done his reputation no harm.

It was nice to see the teenage sensation used in one of his more favoured roles rather than at right-wing-back, a position he was used in during the Europa League group stage.

Prior to the match, Nelson earned a bit of infamy for throwing down his bib in anger after he was informed that he would not be coming on as a substitute in the 3-0 win over Watford.

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It was brought up in the Sky Sports studio before the Southampton game and Jamie Redknapp was quite happy with his response.

“I don’t mind that, I don’t mind that,” Redknapp said. “Listen, I don’t mind that, he wants to play.

“I remember getting taken off by Graeme Souness many years ago at 18 years of age and I think I threw the coat at him. I did regret it after, trust me.

“I’ve spoken to my Arsenal scout who knows a bit about football, Thierry Henry, and he likes him a lot. One-on-one situations, he said he is more of a No 10, can play in the wide positions as well.

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“In the cup games he played earlier in the season he played as a wing-back and I don’t think that suited him as much.

“I’m excited for him today because I remember making my debut and I’m sure you were the same Slaven, the butterflies, that feeling that he’s going to get today.

“It’s a special moment in his life.”

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