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Ray Parlour hails Reiss Nelson as Arsenal's "future"

Parlour hails Nelson as Arsenal's
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Arsenal legend Ray Parlour heaps praise on Reiss Nelson after the youngster's performance against Portsmouth in the FA Cup fifth round.

Club legend Ray Parlour has said that Reiss Nelson should be regarded as Arsenal's long-term option on the right flank.

On Monday night, the academy graduate supplied both assists as the Gunners recorded a 2-0 victory over Portsmouth in the FA Cup fifth round.

Despite an injury-hit campaign which has seen the 20-year-old make just 10 starts and five substitute outings, Parlour has claimed that the England Under-21 international is Arsenal's "future".

Speaking to talkSPORT, Parlour said: "Two assists again. His record has been excellent. You can see his pace, especially on the second goal – the way he went past that left-back once he dropped his shoulder and pushed it on he was gone. You can't catch someone like that.

"He is certainly the future for Arsenal on that side. If I was to have one critique of him, it is that he needs to believe in himself a bit more, because he is such a good player."

Nelson has been understudy to the likes of Nicolas Pepe for much of the season.

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