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The Arsenal Star Caught Between London And Harare

The Arsenal Star Caught Between London And Harare
The Arsenal Star Caught Between London And Harare

Reiss Nelson, a 23-year-old English footballer, is feeling on top of the world after a fantastic performance in Arsenal’s win over Bournemouth on March 4th.

Nelson scored an incredible goal in the 97th minute of the game, which helped Arsenal come from two goals down to win 3-2. He also assisted defender Ben White, which allowed Arsenal to equalize earlier in the game.

Nelson has played in three games in the current Premier League 2022/23 season, totalling 85 minutes of play. In those three games, he has scored an impressive three goals and provided two assists.

Although Nelson has played for England at the youth level, he has not yet been selected to play for the senior national team. However, he is also eligible to play for Zimbabwe because his father is Zimbabwean, while his mother is British.

 

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Arsenal Star Reiss Nelson’s Dilemma On Joining The Zimbabwe National Team [Image: Instagram/@reissnelson]

In 2020, EFL Championship side Wigan Athletic captain Tendayi Darikwa invited Reiss Nelson and said he was welcome to play for the Zimbabwe Warriors. Darikwa was born in England to a Zimbabwean father, and he switched international allegiance to the Southern African country in 2017.

Darikwa told On The Whistle podcast:

“I think it’s a personal decision that someone has to make to switch allegiances or go and represent a certain country. We all know how capable Reiss is and talented he is as a footballer, and he can only improve our team and our country. We welcome Reiss to come and play for the Warriors.

“We’d love him to come but he needs to make the decision himself without getting pressure from people outside. He’s played for England at the youth level. If he wants to carry on playing for England, that’s fine, but if he wants to play for Zimbabwe, we’ll welcome him together.”

Former Zimbabwe Warriors team manager Wellington Mpandare told Soccer24 they tried to convince Nelson to join them.

“I was using Alex Iwobi as means to get in touch with Nelson, but since his move to Everton, I had to use other people.”

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