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Young Arsenal winger Reiss Nelson has revealed how he left training with Tottenham as a nine-year-old in favour of signing for the Gunners, the Evening Standard report.

Nelson, 17, is thought of very highly by manager Arsene Wenger and now regularly trains with the first team, instead of the Under 23 side.

The winger already has made five first team appearances this campaign, in the Europa League and Carabao Cup, even playing in an unfamiliar wing back role, impressing boss Wenger in the process.

But thigs may have ended up very differently, with the youngster revealing he was training with Tottenham days before he signed for the Gunners as a nine-year-old.

I was nine years old, I got scouted for Tottenham and was there for three to four weeks before a phone call from Arsenal came. The first session they wanted to sign me so, happy days, I didn’t look back.

Arsenal believe that Nelson has the potential to be a straight replacement for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who left for Anfield in a deal worth £40 million, with Nelson also admitting how well he has settled in with the first team squad.

Alex Iwobi has really helped me. He’s always making jokes and seeing I’m okay. Alexandre Lacazette as well is a nice guy. Mesut Ozil, Hector Bellerin as well – those are the boys that have taken me in as a person and a footballer as well.

 

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