April 11, 2018 / 3:38 AM / 2 months ago

Nelson keen to ink new Arsenal contract

(Reuters) - Arsenal midfielder Reiss Nelson hopes to sign a new contract with the club in the coming weeks after making his full Premier League debut last weekend.

Soccer Football - Premier League - Arsenal vs Southampton - Emirates Stadium, London, Britain - April 8, 2018 Southampton's Ryan Bertrand in action with Arsenal's Reiss Nelson REUTERS/David Klein

The 18-year-old, who featured in all of Arsenal’s Europa League group stage matches this season, started Sunday’s 3-2 league win over Southampton.

“It is a big achievement to sign for a big club like Arsenal so I’m just delighted with the contract and hopeful that I can sign it soon,” Nelson told British media.

Soccer Football - Premier League - Arsenal vs Southampton - Emirates Stadium, London, Britain - April 8, 2018 Southampton's Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in action with Arsenal's Reiss Nelson Action Images via Reuters/Tony O'Brien

“I did set one target - to make my first-team debut. I have done that, I have had 15 appearances.

Soccer Football - Premier League - Arsenal vs Southampton - Emirates Stadium, London, Britain - April 8, 2018 Southampton's Shane Long in action with Arsenal's Shkodran Mustafi and Reiss Nelson

“A Premier League start was on the cards but I think I need to score, that is the only one I haven’t achieved so fingers crossed I can get a cheeky goal before the end of the season.”

Nelson has benefited from Wenger’s decision to rest key players against Southampton, making seven changes from the side who beat CSKA Moscow 4-1 in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final.

“He (Wenger) is one of the biggest (influences) for me,” Nelson added.

“He keeps pushing the youngsters – me, Eddie Nketiah and Joe Willock – I think he has got a bight future planned for us.”

Arsenal visit Moscow for Thursday’s second-leg against CSKA.

Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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