Alexandre Lacazette backs Reiss Nelson to become a ‘top player’ at Arsenal

Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette has heaped praise on academy graduate Reiss Nelson stating that he has the potential to become a top player for the club.


The 17-year-old made a cameo appearance in the 3-1 Europa League win over Koln earlier this month, and he is in line to make his full debut in the third round League Cup tie against Doncaster Rovers on Wednesday night.

Lacazette, who is the Gunners’ record signing, is among those who are expecting the teenager to achieve big things at the Emirates, he said: “I think Reiss is very good. I believe he will be a top player for the club. He already impressed me during preseason and it’s great to see what he’s been doing for the under-23s.”

Nelson was promoted to the Under 23 side earlier in the summer, and he has since excelled with the development squad, netting six goals in a short period of time. As a result, his performances were recognised as he was named the Premier League 2 Player of the Month for August.

Speaking about his recent showing, Lacazette added: “His stats are very good and he’s been performing well. When he’s played with us, he’s shown that he has real quality.” Apart from Wilson, there are also high hopes for midfielder Joe Willock and striker Eddie Nketiah and Lacazette has been impressed with the latter’s finish in front of goal, he ended: “I really like Eddie as well. He’s a great striker at the academy. He is very calm in front of goal and has great technique.”

While there is a lot of hype over the young players, Arsenal have not been able a player of decent quality ever since Jack Wilshere broke onto the scene nearly a decade ago. The Englishman’s career has stuttered due to his persistent injury problems, but he still remains a favourite among the club’s faithful.