Martin Keown compares Arsenal's Reiss Nelson to Neymar after skill vs BATE

Hope Soto
September 29, 2017

He also urged their hosts' supporters to avoid a repeat of the racist abuse that has previously undermined European fixtures, and revealed plans to meet Belarusian former Arsenal midfielder Alexander Hleb, who started his career at BATE.

The forgotten man then lofted a cross centrally to Walcott and after his initial header was palmed out by Denis Scherbitski, the former England worldwide was on hand to stab the rebound home.

Dragun was booked and Borisov were stunned, with Arsenal settling in to another period of comfortable possession, but David Ospina was forced into a save after 56 minutes when a whipped free kick flicked off Nikolai Signevich.

The Englishman made a very lively start to his second European outing before wowing fans with one particular moment of skill.

Scherbitiski made amends on one particular occasion to tip away another Walcott effort away at full-stretch to temporarily deny his hat-trick.

Walcott swung a corner in that Per Mertesacker flicked on and his centre-back partner Rob Holding prodded over the line.

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Two minutes into the second half, Arsenal went 4-1 up, and it was a huge helping hand from the referee. Holding hit the post from the resulting corner as BATE struggled to deal with Arsenal's setpieces.

Two-goal hero Walcott said after the game that he was happy to sacrifice a potential treble to give team-mate Giroud the chance for something special.

"He is in good company, when you look at the number of goals he's scored".

Holding's attempted tackle in the penalty area rebounded up, Mertesacker stumbled and Mikhail Gordeichuk slammed the ball into the roof of the net.

Arsene Wenger has several selection headaches going into the match against BATE Borisov as Arsenal continue their UEFA Europa League campaign.

"We see in training that the player has quality".

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