'Couldn't believe it': Emile Smith Rowe wowed by Arsenal 22-year-old's skills
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'Couldn't believe it': Emile Smith Rowe wowed by Arsenal 22-year-old's skills

Arsenal midfielder Emile Smith Rowe has praised Gunners teammate Reiss Nelson on Rio Ferdinand Presents FIVE.

The Arsenal academy graduate, speaking to Joel Beya, said his 22-year-old colleague was “the standout” in his age group.

Smith Rowe also agreed with Beya with regards to Nelson’s current physique, saying he’s “looking strong”.

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Nelson broke into the Arsenal first team in 2017 under Arsene Wenger.

He has made 48 competitive appearances for the Gunners, but he has struggled to cement a regular starting spot.

Nelson has had two loan spells while at Arsenal – at Hoffenheim and, last season, at Feyenoord.

The Hale End graduate is now back at the Emirates and will hope for more first-team opportunities under Mikel Arteta.

The Athletic recently claimed that Nelson ‘may get chances’ to impress the Gunners boss this season, indicating that he will likely stay in North London.

However, the report goes on to say that Nelson will likely have to wait until the Europa League group stage fixtures in terms of starting games.

At the same time, he could well get more minutes in the Premier League as the five substitutes rule comes in next term.

“The things he used to do”

Arsenal fans will no doubt be treated to some dazzling football from Nelson, as per Smith Rowe’s comments in his interview with Beya.

“Reiss Nelson was the standout,” said Smith Rowe.

“Seriously, he was the one, in my age group anyway.

“The things he used to do, you just couldn’t believe it sometimes.

“I’d have to say him.”

Joel Beya then noted how Nelson has bulked up recently, and Smith Rowe admitted his teammate is “looking strong”.

With Arsenal fighting on four fronts next season, could Nelson finally get a good run under Arteta?

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