Reiss Nelson – Arsenal impact player pic.twitter.com/fO8vg7jhBw
— Tev7comps (@lifegunnertev7) September 4, 2023
An excellent compilation of Reiss Nelson’s best bits. To be fair to him, every time he’s come off the bench for Arsenal under Mikel Arteta, he’s been brilliant. Better than Martinelli? There is no right or wrong answer in my opinion because it’s subjective. Also, Nelson doesn’t get the game time Martinelli enjoys. A run in the team might see the Englishman become even better, but it might not too. All I know is that when he’s called on, he does really well. He’s a threat with his pace and directness. He’ll score goals too. I just wish he could sometimes come off the bench earlier in a game.
I think he’s a player we’ll see start against Brentford in the EFL cup, Emile Smith Rowe and Leandro Trossard too. David Raya is quite likely to make his debut too.
Talking of debuts, Eddie Nketiah could make his first senior England appearance this weekend against Ukraine in Poland. I couldn’t be more pleased for him having been called up by Gareth Southgate. His goal stats for Arsenal don’t read well but when one considers how many times he’s actually started a match, they read better. Throughout his England career at youth level, finding the net has never been a problem. I doubt that’ll change for the senior team either, if he’s given support on the field. Who knows, if Nelson continues to impress, the two might become England teammates in future. I’ve read the back page writers say that Jesus is a level above Nketiah but I’m not sure the gap in quality is that great. Nketiah certainly seems able to stay on his feet a lot better than Jesus plus, the latter was as guilty as Havertz for gifting Utd possession during Sunday’s game with just a millimetre the difference between the two. Of course Jesus went on to score a lovely goal to blow any minute chance Utd had of sneaking a draw so the plaudits will fall his way but the Odegaard goal was just as important, perhaps even more so because of the timing. Nketiah helped make that as of course did Martinelli. Had Havertz converted his chance, he’d have had a better game than he did, especially as he’d stuck his body in the way of shot which might otherwise ended up testing Ramsdale.
Talking of Ramsdale, I thought he was very good against Utd albeit those same sports writers aren’t all saying the same. His double save was excellent, he got fingertips to the Rashford shot but couldn’t quite get enough on the ball to tip it around the post.
Fine margins eh…
Anyway, it’s the international break so fingers and toes crossed that all of our players on duty over the next two weeks return unscathed. Here’s when they will be in action:
Thursday, September 7
Norway (Odegaard) v Jordan
France (Saliba) v Republic of Ireland
Poland (Kiwior) v Faroe Islands
Friday, September 8
Georgia v Spain (Raya)
Saturday, September 9
Brazil (Gabriel, Martinelli, Jesus) v Bolivia
Azerbaijan v Belgium (Trossard)
Ukraine (Zinchenko) v England (Nketiah, Ramsdale, Rice, Saka)
Estonia (Hein) v Sweden
Germany (Havertz) v Japan (Tomiyasu)
Sunday, September 10
Albania v Poland (Kiwior)
Tuesday, September 12
Japan (Tomiyasu) v Turkey
Italy v Ukraine (Zinchenko)
Norway (Odegaard) v Georgia
Spain (Raya) v Cyprus
Belgium (Trossard) v Estonia (Hein)
Scotland v England (Nketiah, Ramsdale, Rice, Saka)
Germany (Havertz) v France (Saliba)
Wednesday, September 13
Peru v Brazil (Gabriel, Martinelli, Jesus)
Catch up in the comments.