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Arsenal forward Reiss Nelson: If it wasnandapos;t for my brother, I might have got caught up in drugs or gangs

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Ask anyone at Arsenal and they will tell you they always knew Reiss Nelson was destined to be a professional footballer.

“A lot of my best friends were doing the wrong stuff, got caught up in the wrong stuff, and they were top, top footballers.

“It could be drugs or involvement in gangs, things like that.

Nelson grew up on the Aylesbury Estate in south London — one of the roughest in the capital and described by one newspaper as ‘Hell’s waiting room’, where the pitfalls of drugs, gangs or knife crime were there for any youngster to fall into.

“But  my brother was the one drilling it into my head that he didn’t want anyone to distract me so he was always there.” It was not until Nelson made his Arsenal debut, against Chelsea in the Community Shield in 2017, that Ricky felt his work was done, embracing his young brother at Wembley and saying: “Reiss, you’re on the way to the top now so I can leave you be, you know what you want to do”.

But his journey to the Arsenal first team has not been so easy.

Nelson has left Hell’s waiting room and is ready to live out his dream at Arsenal.
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