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Arsenal Confirm Youth Star Has Been Promoted To The First Team

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It may not be the transfer news that Arsenal fans crave, but it’s positive for the future at the very least.

The Gunners have confirmed that French attacker Jeff Reine-Adelaide has been promoted to the first team.

The 18-year-old has impressed hugely for the club’s U21s since signing from Lens last summer and now he has been rewarded by Arsene Wenger.

Reine-Adelaide has made two appearances for the first-team since his arrival but he is now expected to play a more prominent role, following in the footsteps of Alex Iwobi and Hector Bellerin, who both were promoted from the youth ranks.

Metro reported that Arsenal had removed Reine-Adelaide from the club’s academy page on Tuesday and now his promotion has been made official.

Arsenal are currently on tour in the United States for pre-season, with Arsene Wenger particularly light in the forward department.

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Olivier Giroud was a constant in the European Championships for France during the summer, whilst Danny Welbeck is injured until 2017, so Reine-Adelaide’s inclusion is not an enormous shock.

Chuba Akpom may be preferred for the squad selected for the opening Premier League game of the season against Liverpool on the 14th of August.

Elsewhere, the club are lining up moves for defensive targets after Per Mertesacker was ruled out for up to five months with injury.

Fabian Schar and Shkodran Mustafi are two main men identified, with the latter available for a reasonable fee of £20.9m.

You can read our in-depth profile on Mustafi here.

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Author: The PA Team

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