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Unsung Hero: Arsenal’s Reiss Nelson goes under the radar in defeat to Chelsea

Unsung Hero: Arsenal’s Reiss Nelson goes under the radar in defeat to Chelsea

Arsenal let a lead slip as they went down 2-1 to rivals Chelsea in a brilliant encounter with one player going under the radar with his performance.

The Gunners took the lead from a Mesut Ozil corner as Calum Chambers headed on the ball for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to head in from close range (via BBC).

However, two goals in four second-half minutes saw the Blues turn around the game to take home all three points.

First, Jorginho tapped home after Bernd Leno misjudged the flight of a cross from Mason Mount for the equaliser in the 83rd minute.

And then with just three minutes of normal time left, Frank Lampard’s side counter attacked the Reds with Tammy Abraham tapping home.

Aubameyang’s goal means the forward has now scored 13 Premier League goals this season, eight more than his nearest teammate, Alexandre Lacazette (via Premier League).

However, it was the performance of Reiss Nelson on the right-wing which seemed to escape the attention of the masses.

He completed the joint-third most dribbles and was the joint-most fouled player as his direct opponent Emerson Palmieri got substituted after just 34 minutes (via WhoScored).

As well as his attacking contribution, the England under-21 international produced the goods in defence as he made a tackle, interception and blocked a shot.

Football.london agreed with this assessment as they gave Nelson a seven out of 10, commenting on his work rate.

They said: “There is still work to be done on Nelson’s final ball into the area but no-one could doubt the energy and work rate he displayed charging along the flank.”

“Particularly in the second period he served as a vital outball for the Gunners, carrying it great distances and allowing Arsenal to have a moment to breathe.”

Arsenal fans, what did you make of Nelson’s performance? Let us know your thoughts!

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