Arsenal vs Nottingham Forest: It was an unforgettable outing for Reiss Nelson. The 22-year-old forward scored twice in his first Premier League game for Arsenal in nearly two years on Sunday. In the first half of the match against Nottingham Forest, Nelson had to go in for the injured Bukayo Saka, and he made the most of the chance.
After a quarter of an hour, Saka was struck and continued to play for another ten minutes. Nelson warmed up on the sidelines as Mikel Arteta watched in dismay. “When I had to warm up, I considered that perhaps I should sit down again soon. However, he did say, “Okay, you can walk a little longer,” at one point. “Like a yo-yo, I kept warming up, sat down and then got back up,” on the club website, Nelson reflects.
Arsenal vs Nottingham Forest: Nelson describes the substitution
He finally said, “Reiss, you’re going to fill in”. “Wow,” I said to myself. “I knew I had to take advantage of this opportunity since it was mine. I’m glad I could help the group,” he continued. After the break, Nelson immediately scored again. “Wow, it was amazing. It was like I was playing FIFA, Nelson remarked. Prior to Sunday, the attacker had only ever scored once, against Liverpool at an empty Emirates Stadium in July 2020. Scoring in front of spectators was different,” he added.
“The noise… Yes, I had been anticipating this for a while. I was employed, but sometimes it seems like the opportunity won’t materialise.Nevertheless, I have faith in God, myself, and the squad. When the chance arose, I was prepared,” Nelson says. He scored four goals in 32 games for Feyenoord during the previous season. Nelson, according to Arteta, has grown significantly both at Feyenoord and afterwards at Arsenal.
At the press conference following the decisive victory, Arsenal’s head coach declared, “Not only I, but all the staff and all his colleagues are really thrilled for him. He is a young boy who is definitely changing and maturing, he consistently demonstrates his drive. He had a chance today and seized it with both hands, which helped us win the game.”