Mikel Arteta urged to drop Willian for Nelson
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Mikel Arteta urged to drop Willian for Nelson

Arsenal legend Ian right has urged Mikel Arteta to drop Willian and play Reiss Nelson on the right flank for their clash against Tottenham on Sunday. 

Willian has struggled to make an impact since joining Arsenal on a free transfer in the summer from Chelsea. The Brazilian has made only two assists in his 11 appearances for the Gunners. Meanwhile, Nelson has made only two appearances in the Premier League this season, all coming from the bench, and has shown signs of promise following his performance in the Europa League. 

Speaking while on Ringer FC's 'Wrighty House', he said, "I’d try to throw something else into the mix, Reiss Nelson or even [Bukayo] Saka on the right."

"But Saka’s going to be on the left so I’d put Reiss Nelson on the right instead of Willian because we know what Willian’s going to do. For me, he’s been a little bit negative with the way he’s been playing, a lot of backward passing."

"You need somebody who can at least get back and progress the ball. If Saka can go and really put pressure on [Serge] Aurier, that’s where I think if we’re going to get any kind of joy then I think Saka’s got to go up there and put pressure on him, then [Granit] Xhaka can pull in on the left, just to put that body in there then [Mohamed] Elneny should hold."

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