17 Facts About Reiss Nelson

1. Reiss Nelson was born in Elephant and Castle, London to a Zimbabwean father and an English mother.

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2. Reiss Nelson joined the Arsenal academy when he was nine years old and made a great impression on youth coaches, regularly being moved up to squads above his age group.

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3. On 19 July 2017, Reiss Nelson made his first senior appearance against Bayern Munich in a 2017 International Champions Cup pre-season match.

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4. On 14 September 2017, Reiss Nelson made his European debut as he came on as a substitute for Theo Walcott at the 82nd-minute mark in the Europa League match against FC Koln.

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5. Reiss Nelson made his first start for the club against Doncaster Rovers in the League Cup on 20 September 2017.

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6. On 17 May 2018, Reiss Nelson was awarded the PL2 Player of the Year.

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7. On 31 August 2018, Reiss Nelson signed a long-term contract with Arsenal, then went on season-long loan at German club 1899 Hoffenheim for a loan fee of €500,000.

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8. Hoffenheim's coach Julian Nagelsmann orchestrated the move for Reiss Nelson, calling him ".

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9. Reiss Nelson hailed Nelson's talent, claiming "he had the abilities to reach the levels of elite players in football such as Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo [and] Arjen Robben [if] he maintained his consistency and mentality".

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10. Reiss Nelson was promoted to the first team by manager Unai Emery and given the number 24.

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11. Reiss Nelson was handed his first two starts of the season in Arsenal's opening games against Newcastle United and Burnley.

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12. Reiss Nelson scored his debut goal for the first team, adding a fourth for Arsenal in the 84th minute.

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13. Reiss Nelson was in the squad as Arsenal won their 14th FA Cup against Chelsea on 1 August 2020.

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14. Reiss Nelson got his first assist during injury time for the club on the 7th of November, 2021 against AZ Alkmaar after coming on as a substitute.

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15. In May 2016, Reiss Nelson was part of the England national under-17 football team that reached the quarter-finals of the 2016 UEFA European Under-17 Championship, playing four games and scoring three goals.

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16. In March 2018, Reiss Nelson scored twice for England under-19 against Hungary in a qualifier for the 2018 UEFA European Under-19 Championship.

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17. Reiss Nelson was one of a number of players withdrawn from selection for the tournament by their club.

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