Former Gunner Ray Parlour makes a bold claim about Reiss Nelson

Ray Parlour calls Reiss Nelson the future on the Arsenal right side.

After watching Reiss Nelson star in Arsenal’s game against Portsmouth, Ray Parlour reckons that the 20-year-old is the future down Arsenal’s right flank.

Nelson has struggled with injury recently, but he returned to the starting eleven for the first time since the FA Cup game against Leeds United.

He set up both goals as Arsenal beat Portsmouth 2-0 to book a place in the FA Cup last eight and his performance certainly caught the attention of the club’s fans including Parlour.

Parlour was full of praise for the former Hoffenheim loanee, he raved about the player’s pace and how difficult it is for him to be caught when he is on the move.

“He got two assists again. His record has been excellent,” Parlour said as quoted by Football London. “He has been injured and now he has got back into the side.

“You can see his pace, especially on the second goal. The way he went pass the left-back, dropped his shoulder and he was gone. You cannot catch someone like that.

“He is a very impressive player. He is certainly the future for Arsenal on that side.”

Arsenal spent a record £72 million to sign Nicolas Pepe from Lille last summer and the Ivorian has been struggling at the Emirates this season.

Pepe was the player that was supposed to be the future down the right wing for Arsenal, seems that is not so cut and dry now.


  1. Twig says:

    Auba Martinelli
    Saka Xhaka Ceballos Pepe
    Tierney Mari Luiz Bellerin

    We have a good team

    1. Ebuca says:

      Please can you leave bellerin and xhaka out of this lineup?

  2. Top Gunner says:

    The problem with Pepe is that he does not challenge defenders.

    1. GB says:

      I think the problem is he should be playing on the left and not the right..

    2. LeMmy says:

      He does… but usually when going forward.

  3. Ade says:

    As far as I am concerned Nelson is a big competitor to Pepe at the right wing, Nelson is more direct with the ball and he always send the crosses while pepe like to cut in with his left leg, he also has better dribbling skill but he always over dribble. Well, let’s see what the coach thinks, the whole picture will soon be clear for all to decide but I believe rotation will accommodate both of them, it is very good to have options

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