Arsenal legend Martin Keown has compared Reiss Nelson to Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar following the Gunners’ 4-2 victory over BATE Borisov on Thursday night.
Nelson, who sees himself as a midfielder, was deployed in a wing-back role as he put in an impressive display that saw him bomb on and take on defenders.
The 17-year-old was thrust into the spotlight by Arsene Wenger in pre-season and has already made four appearances in all competitions this campaign.
And Keown, perhaps getting carried away, thinks some of Nelson’s touches are similar to those of Neymar’s.
“These are the sort of touches you often see or associate with a Neymar or other top player,” Keown said.
“He breezes past players. Wenger will know the quality he has, he’s looked after him well.
“17 years of age, it’s quite phenomenal the ability this boy has.”