The Jeff happy to see old friends as Arsenal face Angers

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Former Gunner Jeff “The Jeff” Reine-Adelaide says he’s looking forward to seeing some old familiar faces when his current club Angers take on the Gunners tonight.

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the French side, the teams meet at Stade Raymond Kopa this evening – with Unai Emery taking plenty of the midfielder’s former colleagues with him.

Having moved to Angers last season, the 21 year old has caught the eye of some bigger sides in his home country, but tonight he’s out to prepare for a new season with his current club, taking the field in opposition to some of his football friends.

“I am very happy to face Arsenal,” he said.

“I will be able to see friends again. I stayed in touch with a lot of players like Eddie Nketiah, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Reiss Nelson and also Matteo, whom I rub shoulders with in the French team.”

It’s clear he also has warm feelings for the Arsenal, despite the fact it didn’t quite work out for him.

“It’s a big club,” he continued. “It allowed me to reach the high level. To realise what a great structure was. I will remember for a long time my debut against Lyon and Wolfsburg.

“We’re going to tackle it like a league match. The kickoff of the season will happen soon. I hope that Arsenal will line up a competitive team, so that there is a nice atmosphere for this gala match.”

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Mick Malthouse
Mick Malthouse

Saw The Jeff light up a pre-season game at the Emirates – think against Wolfsburg?

Thought he was going to be a superstar!

lessthanthesumoftheirparts
lessthanthesumoftheirparts

Knowing our luck, he still will be.

Goonereality
Goonereality

I’m not sure that the mindset at Arsenal regarding giving promising youngsters a proper chance has changed that much (despite what management says).

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

We give managers proper chances though. We can’t be good at everything.

Dave Cee
Dave Cee

It was a surprise to me that we sold Jeff, he had looked good in his couple of preseason appearances last year.

God is a Gooner
God is a Gooner

I cannot understand how chel$ea have 42 players out on loan, yet we allow some of our brightest prospects to leave for absolute peanuts every year.

Savage
Savage

I wouldn’t look at Chelsea as a moral authority on how to run a football club

rNeo
rNeo

That was savage!

UGooner
UGooner

More like facts!!

My Cousin Vinai (Formerly Faisal Narrage)
My Cousin Vinai (Formerly Faisal Narrage)

They’re not a moral authority, but considering both their trophy and their revenues from player sales, they’re definitely an authority on how to run a successful football club and academy.

Sadly.

sami
sami

Played against England for France u-21’s where we somehow lost after having a great first half. Well anyway he kept Guendouzi on the bench that game which i found surprising! Just before he left us i always thought he had very broad shoulders and looked to be very decent. What i like to see is the youth we have let go or let on loan have done really well in clubs punching for Europa League which means to me that the ones we are really trying to keep close to the squad are intact the real deal! COYG (no injuries please lol)

goonero
goonero

I think it’s fair to say he’s a much better footballer than Guendouzi from a technical standpoint, but Guendouzi is physically better; staying fit, playing at high intensity etc.

He’s a player like Diaby and Wilshere, the question isn’t the talent, the question is can they stay fit enough for long enough to realise to actualise that talent.

Flash
Flash

Their positions wasn’t exactly the same I think. Gouendouzi usually came to the pitch when it was more important to defend the result, but overall the Jeff was very convincing to me. He and Willock would have been the perfect Ramsey-role candidates in my opinion. Similarly the Jeff has the ability to think before act – something I really miss from the game of Iwobi for example…
I hope I’m wrong, but I think we will regret letting him go.

My name is Jeff
My name is Jeff

I have such fond memories of Arsenal, I still drag around my officially licensed “Arsene Wenger locker” everywhere I go!

Jack
Jack

Don’t look back in Angers.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Nice

adi
adi

Having our academies snatch by other division is a good sign we are doing something right. But,we can only promote few academies each year.

Santori
Santori

Considering we have yet to address issues in midfield (Cebellos on loan), was surprised we came to such rapid conclusion on him. Perhaps it could be an injury risk that changed our mind but I thought we would keep him another season at least.

Ditto on Bielik.

We keep saying we want to give youth a chance but we don’t seem to give them as much of a look in sometimes.

And at 21yrs, there’s plenty of upside still for these players so if price isn’t great on offer, why not send on another strong loan to see if they can develop till at least 22yrs?

OTOH squad is bloated with unnecessary players Elneny, Jenkinson who should have been moved ages ago.

At the moment midfield carries two teenagers in Guendouzi and Willock so we have sufficient promise.

But defense was weird. We already had Mavropanos and Bielik gestating at slightly older ages (which is the case normally for defense) so I could not see the need to expend money that could be used elsewhere (however limited) on yet another Cback who has not featured terribly much last season and eventually cost 27m

All the best to Jeff. Great to see him again tonight.

arsepedant
arsepedant

I didn’t know Mavropanos and Bielik were pregnant.

Kartik Iyer
Kartik Iyer

Looked like a really exciting player…. unfortunately not meant to be !