Arsenal's goal threat should scare opponents - Reiss Nelson

Arsenal teenager Reiss Nelson has said opponents should be "scared by the firepower" the Gunners have with three forwards in good scoring form.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Danny Welbeck have all been scoring as Arsenal have struck at least three times in each of their last five home games.

Aubameyang has six goals in seven Premier League games, while Welbeck scored two against Southampton for a second double in his last three starts and Lacazette has three goals since returning from a knee injury.

"Aubameyang is on fire, Lacazette as well and Danny Welbeck scored two on Sunday," The Telegraph quoted Nelson as saying.

"The opposition should be scared by the firepower we have got."

Nelson, 18, made his first Premier League start against Southampton after frequently being used in cup competitions by manager Arsene Wenger.

The attacking midfielder is seen as one of the most promising talents to come out of Arsenal's academy since Jack Wilshere, and has said he hopes to be able to commit his long-term future to the club shortly.

Nelson's current deal is set to expire next summer and talks about an extension are under way.

"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," Nelson said.

"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."

Nelson is one of a number of academy prospects to have been given a first-team debut this season and wants to follow the examples of players such as Alex Iwobi and Ainsley Maitland-Niles in establishing himself as a regular.

"The boss is the man in charge and I have just got to do what he says," he said. "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 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."