Arsenal winger Nelson reveals Van Persie advice during Feyenoord loan

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Feyenoord coach Robin van Persie has been working closely with Arsenal winger Reiss Nelson during his loan in Rotterdam.

Nelson left North London to join Feyenoord on a season-long loan last August, after Mikel Arteta decided the youngster was not part of his short-term plans.

And the winger has found a valuable mentor in Van Persie, who knows what it takes to succeed at the Emirates.

Van Persie works predominantly as a coach for the U16s but occasionally joins Feyenoord‘s first team training to share his expertise with the squad.

Nelson told The Athletic: “Sometimes he comes over on a Wednesday, before Europa Conference League games on a Thursday.

“I ask him about what positions I need to be getting in. Certain movements I need to be doing, certain finishes.

“He’s amazing. He makes it so much simpler for you to understand. Sometimes the ball will come inside, and you go to smash it.

“He’s just like, ‘Look, make sure you get (good) contact, make sure your body is this way, make sure you just want to hit it into the corner’.

“He said that he just started working on all these different movements, to be that extra bit sharper than a lot of the defenders.

“He just worked on it all the time, every day, and it took time, but then he really got the hang of it. It made him into the guy he is today.

“So he said: ‘Just keep going and keep persisting in everything you do and you can make it to that level’.”

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