Arsene Wenger says Jeff Reine-Adelaide will remain at Arsenal next season


Jeff Reine-Adelaide was impressive for Arsenal during the Emirates Cup over the weekend.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has told Sky Sports that Jeff Reine-Adelaide will remain at the club for the upcoming 2015-16 campaign.

The 17-year-old winger is being talked about widely due to his impressive performance for the Gunners in the Emirates Cup over the weekend.

The youngster gave a good account of himself against Ligue 1 outfit Lyon on Saturday and was superb against German club Wolfsburg on Sunday.

Despite his impressive showing over the weekend, Reine-Adelaide is unlikely to be drafted into the Gunners’ first team for competitive matches in 2015-16.

Arsenal boss Wenger, though, wants him to remain at the Emirates Stadium next season and has made it clear that the teenager will not be loaned out.

“He will definitely be here," the Frenchman told Sky Sports. "He is 17 years old and 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 a fantastic potential there and he will stay with us."

Good decision?

Reine-Adelaide, who moved to Arsenal from Lens earlier this summer, looked a very bright prospect in the Emirates Cup, but he is not ready to play regularly for the first team.

A year or two with Arsenal’s Under-21 side is certainly going to help, as the youngster will get to know the club’s footballing philosophy and also adapt to the English game.

Perhaps as the season progresses, Reine-Adelaide will get chances to feature in competitive matches for the Arsenal first team, but for now the fans must have patience and allow the winger to grow at his own pace.

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