Time for Jeff Reine-Adelaide to stand up and be counted this pre-season


When you think of Jeff Reine-Adelaide, the 2015 Emirates Cup immediately springs to mind.

It is now up to the talented French youngster to change that and ensure that his time at Arsenal will instead be remembered for the impact that he made in competitive fixtures.

That incredible start to life at Arsenal for Reine-Adelaide, who demonstrated his superb technique against Lyon and provided an assist against Wolfsburg, hinted at the vast potential that he possesses.

Three years later Reine-Adelaide is part of the first-team squad but has made just eight competitive appearances and is still awaiting his Premier League debut.

Circumstances haven’t exactly been kind to the prospect, with injuries having disrupted his progress at times, but this pre-season Reine-Adelaide has an opportunity to prove that he deserves further chances.

Last season ended rather well for the youngster as he caught the eye during a loan spell in his native France with Angers and he is now back at Arsenal for pre-season training, determined to make an impression upon new head coach Unai Emery.

With Mesut Ozil missing the start of pre-season as a consequence of his involvement at the World Cup, there should be chances for Reine-Adelaide in Arsenal’s early warm-up fixtures and it is up to him to seize them.

At his best Reine-Adelaide is an excellent player, with his slick passing, excellent close control and delightful dribbling making him stand out.

On other occasions, though, the game can seem to pass him by as he can become rather overwhelmed by the intensity of the play, even at youth level.

At the age of 20, Reine-Adelaide still has some time on his side and will still be classed as a youth player this season as far as Arsenal’s Premier League and Europa League squads are concerned.

If he applies himself correctly then Reine-Adelaide is capable of thriving this pre-season and his ability to make an impact either in central midfield or out wide could make him a useful asset for Emery, especially in the Europa League.

What Reine-Adelaide certainly doesn’t want is for the season to pass him by. If he is unable to force his way into Emery’s plans and is sent out on loan again then he must strive to make a major impact if he doesn’t want that Emirates Cup to be the standout memory of his Arsenal career.


  1. any time I’ve watched him for the U23’s I’m always left with the feeling that Reine-Adelaide should and could have done more, had more of an impact, what he does he does very well, and can take your breathe away with a flash of skill, but I’ve rarely seen him dominate a game, really do it from start to finish.

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