Jeff Reine-Adelaide says he learned a lot in just a few weeks under Unai Emery and admits he would’ve liked to spend more time working with the Arsenal head coach.
Reine-Adelaide spent the first few weeks of pre-season with Arsenal, playing and scoring in a couple of friendlies. After that, he left for Angers on a permanent deal, having spent some time on loan with the French club last season.
Speaking in the French media to Foot Mercato, Reine-Adelaide revealed that he was impressed with Arsenal’s new head coach.
“On the little that I could rub shoulders with him, he is a very good coach,” the former Gunner said. “He brings back a lot of joy to the training sessions. He is a pure tactician. I learned a lot in three weeks with him. I would have liked to work with him. But that did not happen and I’m in Angers.”
The 20-year-old also had some nice words to say about Arsene Wenger and his spell with Arsenal in general.
“I met world-class stars,” he said (via Sport Witness). “I only have positive things to say about my time at Arsenal. I trained with great players, known around the world. I played a few games, and I met a golden coach in Arsène Wenger.
“He taught me many things. I think I learnt how to be mentally strong there. It wasn’t always easy. He always helped me, always talked to me, before or after training, to tell me I was young and it would happen one day or another.
“He helped me progress as a player but also as a young man. It’s important for the manager to help people become men. I don’t know if he’ll take over another team, but I hope for him that it happens.”
How is Reine-Adelaide’s move going so far?
After a couple of brief appearances at first, Reine-Adelaide is starting to establish himself in the Angers starting eleven now. He played the full 90 minutes of their last two matches and put in arguably his best performances of the season so far.
Against Strasbourg at the weekend, the young Frenchman got his first assist in his new colours. He set up Pierrick Capelle to kick off a comeback from two goals down and pick up a point.
Hopefully, this is the start of a long and successful career for the former Lens man.