Mikel Arteta believes Jeff Reine-Adelaide is destined for “a really positive career”.

The pair played alongside each other for Arsenal Under-21s in midweek, with the 17-year-old scoring twice in a convincing individual display.

That performance caught the eye of the club captain, who says the France youth international has all the attributes to be a major player.

He is hungry and if you give him time, he could have a really positive career as he has something about him

Mikel Arteta

“I think Jeff has got really big potential,” Arteta told the matchday programme. “He’s got the size. Physically, he’s a strong lad.

“His change of direction is crucial because he can eliminate people from getting close to him so quickly. In addition to that, he understands the game.

“I believe he has all the attributes to become a really good player. He’s still at a young age but he is learning a lot and he really listens to people. He’s doing really well and when he trains with us, you can tell that he’s quite comfortable.

“Jeff seems to handle situations well too. He played in the Emirates Cup where he was brave and took people on.

“I think he really wants it. He is hungry and if you give him time, he could have a really positive career as he has something about him.”

Matchday programme v Sunderland
Matchday programme v Sunderland

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Nik Brumsack 9 Jan 2016