Arsene Wenger reveals his plans for Jeff Reine-Adelaide after impressive pre-season performance
PUBLISHED: 18:56 26 July 2015 | UPDATED: 18:56 26 July 2015
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Arsene Wenger says he will not send Jeff Reine-Adelaide out on loan this season as the youngster must develop at Arsenal.
The 17-year-old attacking midfielder was handed his first start for the Gunners in the 1-0 win over Wolfsburg, which saw Wenger’s men win the Emirates Cup.
Reine-Adelaide provided the assist for Theo Walcott’s winner and was impressive throughout with his direct runs and quick feet.
Wenger was signing the Frenchman’s praises prior to the game after he showed flashes of potential as a substitute in Saturday’s win over Lyon.
There were suggestions that Reine-Adelaide, who joined Arsenal from Lens this summer, would immediately be sent out on loan but Wenger insists it is best that he learns from Arsenal’s senior players at this stage.
“Yes, definitely here,” he said. “He is 17 years old.
“He looks very promising but he needs to work with us now for a year with the first team, to play with the U21s and develop. There is fantastic potential there and he will stay with us.
“Honestly, I don’t know,” Wenger responded when asked how often Reine-Adelaide would feature for Arsenal this season.
“It was a good opportunity to watch him today. In some situations he has the game of a 17-year-old player but he looks very advanced physically for his age. I’m sure he has learned a lot from these games.”