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.”