Arsenal star Reiss Nelson has praised Mikel Arteta’s coaching methods, revealing how detailed the Spaniard’s tactical planning for each player makes him one of the best in the game.
Arteta has quickly become one of the best managers in the Premier League, helping to completely rebuild a side that looked lost under previous management, and his tactics and coaching methods have been praised by many.
Nelson has now given insight into Arteta’s incredible mind, and claimed on ESPN that he is the best coach he has worked under due to the level of detail the manager gives his players in training.
“This guy’s like a genius, his actual understanding of the game, it’s just scary to how he sees things,” he stated.
“I’ve played under a lot of different managers, for me he’s probably up there with the best because he sees every single picture and every situation differently. You might think it’s just a simple pass to your fullback but he makes sure that the detail was like, ‘make sure you played in that zone to his left foot so you can do this and then from there you can come out and play to the right centre midfielder,’ so it’s just incredible.
“We have a lot of team meetings where he goes into more detail with what you have to do as a team, as a collective but also there’s unit meetings for like the left side to do things together, or the right side, the attackers, the defenders, and I feel like it helps us, because it gives us more chemistry on the pitch and allows us to perform at a high level.”
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Nelson’s time to shine
Arteta has now given Nelson a new lease of life at Arsenal. His performances, although limited through injury, were exceptional at times last season, and his last-minute strike against Bournemouth showed what he is capable of.
Under Arteta, Nelson can follow the paths of Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane, Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka as wingers who improved under the coaching of the Spaniard, and once he returns from injury, he could have a big role to play this season.
Nelson rejected a lot of interest from other clubs to extend his deal at Arsenal in the summer, and Arteta has shown big faith in the 24-year-old, and it is now down to both to get the best out of him in this fiercely competitive side.