During yesterday’s 5-2 win over Benfica in the Emirates Cup, a couple of relatively new faces stood out.
Reiss Nelson’s impressive pre-season continued, and he showed he’s got plenty of potential after another excellent performance.
The 17 year old caused the Portuguese side all kinds of problems, and he drew praise from Arsene Wenger after the game.
“He’s a young player of our academy and he had an encouraging pre-season,” said the manager. “He has shown that he can dribble, he can pass people, he is not fazed by the occasion and he looks confident.
“Of course it’s good for him, the confidence level that he can play in these kind of games.”
Meanwhile, new boy Sead Kolasinac, signed on a free transfer from Schalke earlier this summer, played as a left wing-back and as well as defending stoutly was involved well in the final third.
On him, Wenger said, “I think he has gone, in pre-season, from strength to strength. He started a bit nervous, but every single week he moved his level up and in the last game was already good and today again I think he was influential as well.
“The first two goals came from him. He looks powerful and the timing of his availability going forward was very good.”