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It was mad’… Yannick Bolasie says Arsenal have an attacker who’s more unpredictable than Gabriel Martinelli

Yannick Bolasie has claimed that Arsenal have an attacker who’s more unpredictable than Gabriel Martinelli.

Gabriel Martinelli hasn’t been at his best this season but when he’s on top form, he’s one of the most feared wingers in the Premier League.

The Brazilian boasts exceptional pace and his direct style of play causes all kinds of problems for opposition defences.

Bukayo Saka boasts similar traits and has established himself as Arsenal’s talisman over the past couple of seasons.

But it’s Nelson, not Saka, who Yannick Bolasie has labelled as a more unpredictable winger than Martinelli.

Bolasie claims Nelson is more unpredictable than Martinelli
Speaking on FILTHYFELLAS, Bolasie claimed that while Nelson isn’t a better player than Martinelli, he has more than the Brazilian when it comes to ‘unpredictability’.

“Reiss Nelson has more than Martinelli,” Bolasie said. “Unpredictability, I’m not saying ability, but unpredictability.

When he first came through Reiss, it was mad. I don’t feel like he has been doing what he was doing when he was first coming through. Some man get comfortable, that’s the way it is.”

Nelson has struggled for regular opportunities this season, having managed just five starts in all competitions.

That’s largely down to Saka and Martinelli’s influence on this Arsenal side but Nelson has impressed on a few occasions off the bench.

You can understand where Bolasie is coming from when it comes to Nelson’s ‘unpredictability’.

The 24-year-old can often go both ways past defenders and excels in 1v1 situations. Martinelli also boasts similar traits but is more direct while beating his man.

Despite the fact Nelson has racked up 22 appearances this season, he has only managed 643 minutes in the process.

The Englishman is clearly a talented winger and it would be intriguing to see how he could perform if given a run in the side.

But with wingers like Saka, Martinelli and Trossard at the club, Nelson faces a tough ask when it comes to nailing down a place in Mikel Arteta’s side.

 

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