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NBA star James Harden enjoys a kickabout with Arsenal youngster Reiss Nelson at the Emirates

James Harden may be one of the best in the world when it comes to finding the net on a basketball court but it seems that is far from the case when it comes to playing with a ball at his feet.

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The NBA star, who refers to himself as ‘The Beard’ due to his extensive facial hair, paid a visit to Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium as part of visit to London with sponsors Adidas on Tuesday.

He was shown around by Gunners youngster Reiss Nelson, who was clearly thrilled to meet the Houston Rockets point guard.

 

⚽ Kickin’ ball and shootin’ hoops 🏀

The Beard is in London – and he fancied visiting our home… so @ReissNelson9 and @adidasUK made it happen 🤝

Thanks for dropping by, @JHarden13 🙌 pic.twitter.com/Y8NJbVRuYI

Arsenal’s official Twitter account shared a video with highlights of Harden’s visit and it certainly makes for an entertaining watch.

The American can be seen performing some clumsy keepy-ups before going in goal to face a shot from Nelson.

He is given no chance, however, as Nelson curls a fine strike into the top right corner. 

The pair then swap places but Harden can’t repay the favour, lofting a weak effort over the bar.

Harden then decides to return to his comfort zone, picking the football up and challenging himself to hit the cross bar from a distance, which he does brilliantly with his first attempt.

The clip ends with Harden speaking to the camera, thanking Arsenal for ‘showing him a good time’.

Harden, one of the finest scorers in NBA history, is a seven-time All-Star who was named the regular season’s Most Valuable Player in 2018.      

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