Arsenal youngster Reiss Nelson believes Unai Emery made a “very big statement” by starting him in their opening two Premier League games.
But Nelson’s early-season form has clearly left him earmarked for a big role for the Gunners, particularly after Henrikh Mkhitaryan departed for Roma.
And Nelson feels the faith shown in him by Emery was a “very big statement”, particularly given the standing of players he left out to give him a starting spot.
Nelson told Arsenal’s website : “To be starting in the Premier League is a big achievement because I didn’t think I would start the first two games of the season.
“I think that’s a very big statement from the manager as well, to play me in the first two games with the likes of Pepe and Mkhitaryan, world-class players, on the bench.
“I thought the manager would have eased me into it, but I did well against Real Madrid and in a couple of other pre-season games, so when the chance came, I took it well.
“Newcastle was a very tough game because they’re a very physical side and I think I did well, but I didn’t create as much as I wanted to.
“Against Burnley I struggled because they are very physical, and I think I got caught on the ball a couple of times too.
“That’s the thing with football: you have some good games, you have some bad games but the main thing is that you go back, you recap and next week you’re ready to fight again. That’s the main thing.”