April 11, 2018 / 3:38 AM / 4 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.

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

“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.

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

“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.”

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

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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