Arsenal picked up a great 2-1 victory against Liverpool last night in the Premier League and it was an even better result in the context of Mikel Arteta resting some players for their FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City on Saturday.
Captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was on the bench, so Arteta gave Reiss Nelson the chance to impress as he started him on the wing. He did not let the manager down as he scored the winning goal in the first half when he cooly slotted the ball past Alisson after receiving a pass from Alexandre Lacazette.
Former Newcastle striker Alan Shearer was speaking about the game and specifically Reiss Nelson on Premier League Productions (via Daily Express) and said: “I was really impressed, there was no panic at all for someone from so young. He won’t have been in that position many times, but he doesn’t panic.
“He takes the touch with the left foot and sticks it away with the right. He’s under pressure, he hasn’t really got that much time to think about it, which probably helped him.”
It is great to see the 20 year-old taking the opportunity given to him by Arteta, and Shearer is right about how calm he looked when he scored, which bodes really well for the Englishman as it was his first Premier League goal.
Nelson has former Premier League greats like Shearer praising him for making it look easy, which is a huge feather in the youngster’s cap and could hint at great things to come from the Arsenal youngster.
The forward, who is valued at £11.25m by Transfermarkt, will hope that this performance will guarantee him more game-time at the Emirates Stadium, and the huge praise from Shearer should be a massive confidence boost for him.
Arteta may now have a pleasant selection dilemma as the Gunners turn their attention to Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final against holders Manchester City.
Gunners fans, what did you make of Shearer’s praise of Nelson? Let us know your views by commenting below!
Click here to comment on this articleor
Give us feedback on your Football Transfer Tavern experience