You may have heard that Arsenal have a lot of injuries. How many constitutes a lot?
Alexis Sánchez, Santi Cazorla, Mikel Arteta, Francis Coquelin, Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck and Tomas Rosicky.
Thankfully, Theo Walcott could return on Saturday against Sunderland, but the injury concerns are still obvious. Aaron Ramsey will play centrally due to the injuries to other players, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has only played around 20 minutes since his injury against Sheffield Wednesday towards the end of October.
Joel Campbell will almost certainly play as our only match fit wide option (though he looks knackered after about 15 minutes every week), but what about Jeff Reine-Adelaide? Arsenal can’t rely on the fitness of Oxlade-Chamberlain or Walcott, so why not give the 17-year-old Frenchman his first game for the club?
He may not be ready for first team football just yet but has been training with the first team for over a month now, and was on the bench for every game throughout November. He wouldn’t be there if he wasn’t ready for some level of involvement, so why not now?
Arsenal fans are excited – probably too excited – to see Reine-Adelaide in action after he impressed during the Emirates Cup in the summer, and maybe that thirst will finally be quenched at the weekend.