While only winning three out his first nine games in all competitions, 20-year-old winger Nelson joined fellow teammates in praising the methods of the young Spanish coach.
He added: ‘You look at the likes of Sterling and Sané, and you see them before at their previous teams, they weren’t doing what they do now.
‘I think that is credited to Pep [Guardiola], of course, but Mikel as well because they said he did a lot of one-to-one work with them. They are two top players.’
The young winger revealed Arteta relentless work ethic renders him an outstanding manager in the making.
England Under-21 international Nelson said: ‘You can see it because Mikel’s drive is different. I haven’t seen a manager with that much determination to make individuals into better players.