Nelson hoping Arteta now has ‘big’ selection headache for FA Cup semi


Reiss Nelson hopes to have given Mikel Arteta something to think about ahead of Arsenal‘s FA Cup semi-final after scoring the winner against Liverpool.

Arsenal came from behind to secure a dramatic first-half comeback against the Premier League champions, Nelson and Alexandre Lacazette taking advantage of Liverpool mistakes to keep the Gunners’ European hopes alive.

From the Premier League to the FA Cup, Arsenal face a flying Manchester City side on Saturday in what represents their last chance to win any silverware this season.


And while Arteta rested captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang against Liverpool, the Gabon striker was brought on as a second-half substitute, Nelson admits he hopes he’s done enough to be involved.

“It’s a big achievement for us, we’ve been working hard on the training pitch under Arteta so getting a win against the leaders is a great result for us,” Nelson told Sky Sports of the result.

Nelson’s goal against Liverpool – aided by an uncharacteristic Virgil van Dijk mistake – was the forward’s first in the Premier League in his 19th match.

“You dream as a little boy and luckily to score against the big boys – so I’m happy with the results and with my goal,” he added. “When I get home I’ll celebrate with my family. I am delighted with the goal.”

On Arteta’s tactics, he added: “Looking at the second-half, the boss said to us to keep pressing and keep putting them under pressure.

“That’s something we wanted to carry on and we did that really well. That’s how we got the first goal…



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