Playing for Arsenal u21s on Tuesday, Frenchman Jeff Reine-Adelaide netted his first goal for the side.
He had already scored in Arsenal colours, scoring in the FA Youth Cup against West Bromwich Albion, but a fine left-footed half-volley was the first time he had found the back of the net at u21 level for the Gunners.
After the break Reine-Adelaide went on a an excellent run which ended in a goal for young teenage striker Donyell Malen, before getting a second goal for himself. Released through on goal, he calmly tucked the ball into the bottom corner.
The chance of a hat-trick was taken away from him with around 20 minutes remaining, when he was subbed off. Was he being saved for an Arsenal debut? Manager Arsène Wenger was at the 3-2 defeat of Blackburn Rovers, witnessing Reine-Adelaide’s impressive performance for himself. Was it enough to convince him to play the 17-year-old against Sunderland on Saturday?
With Mesut Özil and Aaron Ramsey both likely to be rested, we could even see Reine-Adelaide in a number 10 role, rather than on the wing. He’s a good athlete with strong technical ability, and probably does have enough ability to play in different roles. It’ll be interesting to see if Saturday is deemed the right time to give him an Arsenal debut, but we’ve been left waiting long enough.
Whether or not it’s on the wing or in the middle, whether or not he starts or comes off the bench, now is the time to see Jeff make his Arsenal debut.