Reiss Nelson has revealed that he is close to committing his future to Arsenal by signing a new contract.
The 18-year-old midfielder is considered to be a hot prospect, with his emergence at Emirates Stadium sparking great excitement.
Nelson is now ready to pen fresh terms and extended an agreement which is already due to run until 2019.
A man who made the 2018 Goal NxGn list told reporters in the wake of his showing against the Saints: “It is a big achievement to sign for a big club like Arsenal so I'm just delighted with the contract and hopeful that I can sign it soon.”
Arsenal have invested heavily in creative and attacking talent in recent years, but Arsene Wenger has continued to give youth a chance and Nelson is hoping to be given further opportunities to chase down his first-team dreams.
He added: “The boss is the man in charge and I have just got to do what he says.
“If I keep training hard, and if I get the opportunity to play, I will play well and we will take it from there.
“He [Wenger] is one of the biggest influences for me - he keeps pushing the youngsters – me, Eddie [Nketiah] and Joe [Willock] – I think he has got a bright future planned for us.
“I think a first-team start in the Premier League at a high level like this is a step forward. The Premier League is so much faster. You have to play everything a bit quicker, one and two-touch. We had to do that and I enjoyed that.
“A Premier League start was on the cards but I think I need to score, that is the only one I haven't achieved so fingers crossed I can get a cheeky goal before the end of the season.”