Arsenal: Arteta must start Reiss Nelson against PSV Eindhoven
Arsenal are on their travels again this evening with another Europa League game away from home.
This time, the north London club take on PSV Eindhoven for their latest group game in the competition.
Their previous outing in this competition saw Mikel Arteta’s side beat PSV 1-0 at the Emirates to score their place in the knockout stage of the tournament.
After drawing 1-1 against Southampton in the Premier League last weekend, it’s safe to say that even though they have sealed their place in the next round of the competition, Arteta will still want to see his side pick up a positive result.
In terms of what the starting XI could look like for the Gunners, one figure that we feel should be in the team on this occasion is Reiss Nelson.
Having struggled with a thigh injury earlier in the season, the winger has only made three appearances for Arsenal, all of which have come in the Europa League.
With that in mind, given the frustrations he may have about his playing time, this could be an ideal time for Arteta to put him in from the start now that their place in the next round has been confirmed.
The 22-year-old spent last season on loan with Feyenoord in the Eredivisie, during which he played 45 minutes against PSV towards the end of the season.
Therefore, he’ll know what it’s like to play in Holland against this opposition, making him a potentially useful option for Arteta to rely on this evening.
Having scored four goals and delivered seven assists in the 31 appearances he made for Feyenoord last season across the Eredivisie and the UEFA Conference League, this showcases the goal threat he carries.
Hailed as a “big talent” by former Gunners striker Alexandre Lacazette, Nelson could use this game as a way to show the manager that he is ready to push for a place in the first-team and make his first appearance in the Premier League.