Arsenal ace Reiss Nelson: I'll be delighted if I get anywhere near to Neymar's level!

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Arsenal starlet Reiss Nelson has played down comparisons with Neymar but he does admit that he has learned a lot from club legend Thierry Henry.

Nelson made his first start in continental competition in last month's Europa League win at BATE Borisov and former Gunners defender Martin Keown was enthused by the 17-year-old's performance.

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"It's quite phenomenal the ability this boy has," the retired defender told BT Sport. "There’s certainly a big future there, he really does look a wonderful talent.

"He showed the sort of touches that you often see or associate with a Neymar or a real top player."

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Speaking exclusively to Goal , Nelson confessed to have being left a little embarrassed by having been likened to the world's most expensive player.

"That is a very big stretch to say something like that," he admits. "Neymar is world-class and if I can get anything close to him in near future, I'd be delighted.

"I'm still young and anything can happen. I think a lot of the older boys have helped me, especially those who have broken into the first-team (from the academy).

"People like Jack (Wilshere), he has helped me a lot. Alex Iwobi has told me to stay grounded. I’ve got a really good family that helps me as well.

"Whenever I think it’s getting a bit much I’ll go to my family and they will sit me down and bring me back to earth."

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However, Nelson, who is presently being deployed as a wing-back by Arsenal, revealed that the club's all-time record goalscorer Henry has also had a massive impact on both his character and his game.

"Thierry is an Arsenal legend and I had an opportunity to spend time with him when he was a coach at the academy," the England Under-19 winger explains.

"I think he helped me a lot over his short time as Arsenal coach and he showed me little things that I took on board and have now started to show in my game.

"He was a great coach for me but he's also a great guy. He helped the younger players a lot and he said that the main things at Arsenal are respect and hard work. He always underlined these two things.

"He said if you could take that in at a young age, the talent will do its work; that if you work hard and respect everyone around you, you can push on to become a top player."

Having made four appearances in total during his Arsenal career so far, Nelson is optimistic of his chances of progressing further in the coming months.

"I’m delighted. I wouldn’t say I’ve broken into the team but I am getting a sniff of first team football. I’m happy with that. If I continue to do well and the gaffer puts his trust in me, I can break into the first team soon," he concluded.

Lukas Vrablik is a Slovakian football journalist, specialising in Eastern European football