Arsenal winger Reiss Nelson explains how Mikel Arteta will turn him into a top player

Arteta has had an overwhelmingly positive response from his players since taking over in December (Picture: Getty Images)
Arteta has had an overwhelmingly positive response from his players since taking over in December (Picture: Getty Images)

Reiss Nelson has heaped praise on new Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta for his unique drive and determination that has lifted himself and the entire squad.

The former Manchester City coach has impressed players and fans alike since taking over from fellow Spaniard Unai Emery in December.

While only winning three out his first nine games in all competitions, 20-year-old winger Nelson joined fellow teammates in praising the methods of the young Spanish coach.

He told the Guardian: ‘Now is a great time to have him as a manager because he understands what I am good at. He’s 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.

‘I have all my belief in Mikel and I think he is going to make me into a top player.’

Nelson cuts a much happier figure under new boss Mikel Aretta (Picture: Getty Images)
Nelson cuts a much happier figure under new boss Mikel Aretta (Picture: Getty Images)

Nelson, who spent a year on-loan at Bundesliga side Hoffenheim where he scored seven league goals, lauded the individual work Arteta does with players during training.

He added: ‘You look at the likes of Sterling and SanĂ©, and you see them before at their previous teams, they weren’t doing what they do now.

‘I think that is credited to Pep [Guardiola], of course, but Mikel as well because they said he did a lot of one-to-one work with them. They are two top players.’

The young winger revealed Arteta relentless work ethic renders him an outstanding manager in the making.

England Under-21 international Nelson said: ‘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 was doing one thing with one of the players on the training pitch the other day. He came over and he showed me one thing to do and it is that little detail that is incredible.

‘I think he has got a plan, and it is going really good.’

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