Arsenal are expected to hand Reiss Nelson a new long-term contract.

The 17-year-old has enjoyed a rapid rise to first team action but is only contracted until 2019.

Due to this, Arsenal want to extend his contract to ensure he is tied down for the long-term, according to the Evening Standard.

Nelson is considered to be one of the most exciting players to emerge from Arsenal’s Hale End academy in recent years.

He’s found himself in the unexpected role of being Hector Bellerin’s back-up at right wing-back.

All of his first team appearances have come in that position as he’s deputised for the Spaniard in the Carabao Cup and Europa League.

However, in the future, he’s expected to play higher up the pitch as a winger.

It was in attack where he impressed so much for Arsenal’s youth sides.

Recently, Arsenal have moved to secure the futures of a couple of their younger players.

Calum Chambers signed a new contract in the summer, while Joe Willock recently signed a contract extension until 2021.

While the contract situations of a number of first team players remain unresolved, Arsenal are expected to enter talks with Jack Wilshere next month.

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