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Arsenal’s emerging star talks about his formative years

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Arsenal’s 19-year-old forward, Reiss Nelson is carving his way to the first team. He’s looked at as the future of North London.

The youngster wants to make it big at Arsenal. He grew up in the South London, where poverty was big during his childhood.

BRISTOL, ENGLAND – MARCH 21: Reiss Nelson of England looks on during the International Friendly match between England U21 and Poland U21 at Ashton Gate on March 21, 2019 in Bristol, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Nelson wrote a piece to The Players Tribune talking about growing in the dangerous “Aylesbury Estate”.

“When I was little, I was there in the cages every day after school. It was the place. And it was the place because we, the kids from Aylesbury Estate, could go and be ourselves — and not be judged by others.

“And down in the cages, you didn’t even have any friends, really. That was the battlefield.

“Aylesbury Estate was a tough, tough place. But it helped raised me. It influences my game and my life even now.”

Another young English superstar emerged from the similar area, as Jadon Sancho is currently making history in Borussia Dortmund.

“I’m not the only one, either. Jadon Sancho is from right nearby. That boy knows his way around the cages, I can tell you that much.

“Same thing with Tammy Abraham. He can play, that boy. That’s why they’ve got all that skill on the ball —  that little area, it creates more talent than you could ever imagine.

“And there’s more coming, too.”

The youngster already made two starts in the Premier League. Unai Emery is giving a lot of chances to the youth.

Along with the likes of Martinelli, Saka, and Tierney, Nelson is getting a good chance to impose himself on the manager.