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Martin Keown compares Arsenal youngster to Neymar after Europa League performance

The former Arsenal defender was full of praise

Arsenal youngster Reiss Nelson is the real deal.

The 17-year-old was one of the standout performers in the Gunners’ 4-2 win over BATE Borisov in tonight’s Europa League clash.

After the game, he received heavy praise from BT Sport pundits Martin Keown and Jermaine Jenas, with Keown even comparing him with Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar.


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Keown said: “These are the sort of touches that you often associate with Neymar or a real top player.

“He breezes past players, Wenger will know the quality that he has.

“He’s looked after him there, that’s been a great night.”

Nelson impressed in the Europa League clash against BATE

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Nelson impressed in the Europa League clash against BATE

Nelson performed brilliantly in the right wing-back position for the Gunners, contributing both defensively and in attack and displaying a repertoire of fancy footwork to boot.

Keown added: “Seventeen years of age, it’s quite phenomenal the ability this boy has.”

The youngster was compared to Neymar by Arsenal legend Keown

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The youngster was compared to Neymar by Arsenal legend Keown

Fellow BT pundit Jermaine Jenas was also impressed with Nelson’s performance, saying: “I thought he was brilliant, I really did.

“The fact that he is a forward really, getting on the ball, the confidence shown in the early stages of the game.

“The fact that he’s had to play right wing-back and the understanding he had in that position.

“He played his part in this opportunity for Theo Walcott just there.

“Throughout the game he was doing certain things and you can see it in some players.”