Emirates Cup 2015: Wenger hails Arsenal starlet Reine-Adelaide

Arsene Wenger was full of praise for Jeff Reine-Adelaide after his impressive performances for Arsenal in the Emirates Cup

Alex Sharp
By Alex Sharp at Emirates Stadium

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed teenager Jeff Reine-Adelaide will remain at the club and fight for first team action this season.

The 17-year-old put in an assured performance and provided the winner for Theo Walcott as the Gunners defeated Wolfsburg 1-0 to lift the Emirates Cup 2015.

I’m sure that he has learnt a lot from these two days

Arsene Wenger

Out wide on the left or utilised centrally behind a striker, Reine Adelaide was a constant menace for the visitors’ backline and combined bursts of acceleration with his array of tricks to impress in north London on Sunday.

Reine-Adelaide’s versatility and direct style of play adds another option to Wenger’s vast range of attacking options.

The Frenchman, signed from Lens’ prestigious academy this summer along with Yassin Fortune for a combined £3m fee, was a surprise starter in the Arsenal attack and will work on his electric game at the club’s London Colney training ground this season, rather than gaining playing time out on loan.

“He’s 17 years old and he looks very promising. He needs to work with us for a year in the first team and Under-21s to develop,” Wenger told his post-match news conference.

“There is fantastic potential there and he will stay with us [not go out on loan] but I honestly don’t know how much he will play [this season].

“It was a good opportunity to watch him today. He has shown great potential and he looks very advanced physically for his age.

“I’m sure that he has learnt a lot from these two days.”

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