Jeff Reine-Adelaide has had to be patient as he waits for his chance to make the breakthrough into the Arsenal first-team and the Frenchman seems especially determined to seize his opportunity.
Although he is officially a member of the senior squad, Reine-Adelaide is by no means guaranteed to be part of Unai Emery’s plans for the new campaign. His early performances in pre-season, however, may well give his new manager something to think about.
Granted, the opposition, Boreham Wood and Crawley Town, hasn’t been of a particularly high standard, but Reine-Adelaide has still managed to seize his opportunity by scoring in both fixtures, which will surely earn him a place on the plane to Singapore for the next leg of pre-season.
A player who has endured much misfortune with injuries, Reine-Adelaide bounced back to produce some encouraging displays while he was on loan at Angers in the second half of last season and certainly seems a more mature player for the experience.
It was three years ago that Reine-Adelaide first announced himself to Arsenal supporters in pre-season and now he is ready to make an impact again, with the main aim for him being to make his Premier League debut this season and push on from there.
Reine-Adelaide’s versatility could well prove to be hugely beneficial as far as his chances of making the breakthrough are concerned. Arsenal are well stocked for central midfielders but don’t have many natural wingers to call upon, and Reine-Adelaide is capable of making an impact when deployed on either flank.
If he features in the games against Atletico Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain then Reine-Adelaide will be eager to catch the eye again and demonstrate to Emery that he deserves to be involved with the squad this season.
Another plus point for Reine-Adelaide is that at the age of 20 he doesn’t have to be included on the senior list for either the Premier League or the Europa League, which is rather useful given that Arsenal are currently over the limit with regards to players for both squads.
Reine-Adelaide has, so far at least, approached pre-season with the correct attitude and is yielding the results. Now the tests will start to get more difficult and if he can adapt then it will be intriguing to see whether he could become a useful player during Emery’s first season at the club.