Jeff - It feels like receiving a present

By Connor Armstrong

A night under the Emirates Stadium lights awaits Arsenal as they take on Reading in the EFL Cup this evening - and Jeff Reine-Adelaide cannot wait.

The 18-year-old French midfielder joined the club from RC Lens in 2015, making his senior debut in January’s FA Cup win over Sunderland.

Reine-Adelaide has made two appearances since then, and is expected to feature in tonight’s fourth-round clash against Jaap Stam’s side.

"I’m really excited and enthusiastic about the prospect," he told Arsenal Player. "It’s a bit like the feeling of anticipation you have before you receive a present. You know that as part of a big team, you can do something special in the competition.

"I tell myself that I am lucky to have such an opportunity even if it is the League Cup. It’s just amazing. It’s an opportunity to show my ability to the manager and to my fellow players and also to ensure the team goes as far as possible in the competition.

"[Starting against Forest] was a really good experience for me – my first match in the starting eleven. Everything about it was good.

"I’ve been made to feel part of the team since I arrived last year for which I am very grateful. The first team game is definitely more physical and faster. It needs to be faster to break down a good defence."


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