Arsenal youngster Reiss Nelson says he is learning about the slower side of the game during his loan spell with Feyenoord this season.
Nelson joined the Dutch side on loan in the summer when it was made clear he was not a part of Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta’s plans this season.
He had something of a turbulent start to life at the club, with him barely featuring at the beginning of the season due to injury and then concerns about his fitness.
He’s been slowly turning things around since the middle of October, though, acting as a substitute in both the Eredivisie and the Europa Conference.
His minutes have been increasing game by game, with two 23 minute appearances against PEC Zwolle and Twente in the last two games.
It’s not the situation that Arsenal would have envisioned when they sent him out on loan in the summer, but Nelson insists he is learning plenty regardless of his lack of minutes.
“I knew the name Feyenoord when I came to De Kuip, of course, and I also knew that the game against AZ was a bit loaded.
“I thought it was fantastic to come on in a packed stadium with a great atmosphere. When Dessers scored, we all went crazy.”
“When I compare English football with Dutch football, I see that in England, it’s more about running and switching quickly. The pace of the matches is higher. Here it is more about tactics, I notice.”