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Arsenal whizkid Nelson: Arteta can transform me into Sterling or Sane

Arsenal youngster Reiss Nelson is hopeful Mikel Arteta can develop his talent in the same way he helped Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane at Manchester City.

Arteta earned rave reviews from Manchester City players while he was an assistant to Pep Guardiola.

And Nelson thinks the Spaniard could have a similar affect on the Gunners squad.

"It is crazy because you look at Sterling and Sane and you see them before at their previous teams, they weren't doing what they do now," Nelson, who is a product of Arsenal's academy system, told the Evening Standard.

"I think that is credit to Pep, of course, but Mikel as well because they said he did a lot of one-to-one work with them.

"You can see it because Mikel's drive is different. I haven't seen a manager with that much determination to make individuals into better players. I have all my belief in Mikel and I think he is going to make me into a top player."

Nelson added: "There were times when I was 15 and he was doing his coaching badges that I used to get the ball and just run past everyone. That was one of my biggest traits.

"He used to manage that team, so he has probably seen glimpses of that. I wouldn't say it was too easy back then, but now is a great time to have him as a manager because he understands what I am good at.

"Of course, he is going to give me the encouragement when I need it and if I am not doing the right stuff he is going to tell me.

"That's what I really love, someone who gives me confidence, but then when I am doing the wrong thing, they tell me.

"I am working closely with Mikel and hopefully nailing down my spot in the Arsenal first team."

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