Arteta praises fans after Arsenal win
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Feyenoord coach Arne Slot claims that Arsenal loanee Reiss Nelson has struggled to adapt to the intensity of training for the Dutch side. The youngster is now temporarily side-lined with an overuse injury, proving many fans right in their claims of a lack of intensity when it comes to the Gunners’ on-field performances.
Since sealing his deadline day move away from the Emirates, Nelson is yet to make his debut for Feyenoord.
Labelled as an ‘overuse injury’ by Slot, the youngster is ruled out of tomorrow’s UEFA Conference League tie with Maccabi Haifa, and it is unknown whether he will return to fitness before this weekend’s high-quality clash with PSV.
As quoted by football.london, Slot said: “Nelson had participated in almost all training sessions at Arsenal.
“He experiences the training here as a bit more intense. Whether he will be fit for the PSV game remains to be seen.”
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While Nelson’s knock will come as a blow for the Gunners as they are undoubtedly keen to see him improve in the Netherlands, it has also exposed a potential flaw.
A lack of intensity in their training seems to have translated into performances on the pitch, with many fans already complaining about exactly that.
During Saturday’s clash with Norwich, one fan said on Twitter: “Arsenal really need a new manager. Our game intensity is so, so poor.”
Another vented: “Same old performance from Arsenal. Struggled to create chances and perform with intensity.”
A 1-0 win over the Canaries prompted mixed emotions from Gunners fans, although one of overwhelming relief was hard to get away from.
Before the international break, Arteta’s side sat bottom of the Premier League table without a goal, let alone a win, to their name.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s second-half strike ensured that the north London side finally put three points on the board, although fans may have expected more from what was, on paper, one of the easiest fixtures of the season.
Although they did enough to see the win over the line, some fans were still left complaining about the same lack of intensity which has characterised much of Arteta’s reign.
Next time out, the fans and Arteta will both seek to see some improvement in a slightly tougher, but still must-win tie away at Burnley.
Nelson, meanwhile, may have to wait until Feyenoord play Heerenveen in just over a week’s time to get his loan spell up and running.
That is, if his body has learned to cope with the step up in training intensity by then.
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