Arsenal star Reiss Nelson believes manager Unai Emery made a “very big statement” by choosing him over Henrikh Mkhitaryan and new signing Nicolas Pepe at the start of this season.
Nelson started the two opening Premier League matches away to Newcastle and at home to Burnley – which saw Arsenal pick up maximum points.
The highly-rated 19-year-old was an unused substitute against Liverpool and Tottenham with Pepe coming into the starting line-up.
However, Nelson is still optimistic of returning to the Arsenal XI, now even more so after the departure of Mkhitaryan.
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.”