Arsene Wenger excited by ‘special’ Jeff Reine-Adelaide

The Arsenal boss was full of praise for the 17-year-old winger, who played a role in the Gunners’ 6-0 win over Lyon on Saturday.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has sang the praises of the club’s youth players, picking out Jeff Reine-Adelaide for particular recognition, as per the club’s official website.

The 17-year-old winger came off the bench in the North London outfit’s convincing 6-0 win over Lyon on Saturday and impressed the Emirates Stadium crowd with his shows of speed and direct approach.

With a host of other young players also getting a chance to shine in pre-season, the signs are that Arsenal have potential for a number of homegrown stars to break into the first-team reckoning in 2015-16.

“Reine-Adelaide is something special you know,” Wenger is quoted as saying by the club’s official website.

“He is a great talent and when he came on you could see that - 17 years old let’s not forget that. In fact I don't remember how I played at 17 but I didn't play like that!

“I like Alex Iwobi. Good attitude, efficient player. Maybe not so flashy but he understands the game. He is very efficient and works for the team.

“Akpom had chances. Isaac Hayden can play too. It is good we have these types of games as we see our young players.

“It is exciting to work with these players. You can imagine how they will look in two or three years for the club. That is always exciting.”

Arsenal have a star-studded squad, with a core group of established international stars expected to put forward a title challenge next season.

A host of younger stars such as Reine-Adelaide will most likely have to go out on loan if they are to get regular senior football, with this potentially being the breakthrough for the teenage star.

Arsenal’s last homegrown star to make a real impact was Jack Wilshere, who now plays an important role for club and country.

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