Former-Arsenal legend Martin Keown has praised youngster Reiss Nelson after his performance in the Europa League clash with Cologne on Thursday evening. Despite the 1-0 loss, Keown clearly sees the player’s performance as a huge positive to come from the game.
It was not Arsenal’s night in Germany as they fell to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Cologne via a Sehrou Guirassy penalty. The scoreline was a disappointing one, but it did not stop Arsenal from securing their place in the knock-out stages of the tournament, although it did end their run of unbeaten games in the competition.
Prior to their defeat in Germany, Arsenal had gotten their Premier League campaign back on track with a superb win over Tottenham. Goals from Shkodran Mustafi and Alexis Sanchez were enough to see the Gunners past their opponents, and it means they are now just a single point behind Tottenham in fourth-place.
Of course, the loss was one which will see the gloss taken off their win last Saturday, but it has not hurt their campaign in Europe at all. While the game itself ended in disappointment, Martin Keown highlighted the late-cameo of youngster Reiss Nelson as a particular bright spot.
The Express reported that he said: “But I think Nelson can be something special, little flashes there of brilliance. That was a great run, pity he didn’t score”.
Keown’s comments came after Nelson almost levelled the scoreline in the closing stages as he beat three players before firing a shot that that was palmed away by goalkeeper Timo Horn. Although the defeat will irk the fans, they will surely be contented with the performance of one of their rising stars.