Ask any Arsenal fan which youth player they’re most excited for and chances are, Jeff Reine-Adelaide’s name comes out of their mouth. It’s not exactly rocket science why - the kid’s ability to dribble with ease through congested midfielders thanks to extremely long and dexterous legs combined with an ability to spot a pass have inspired comparisons ranging from a healthy Abou Diaby, to Patrick Vieira.
Yet, there are reports out today that Arsene Wenger, for reasons unknown, “doesn’t want” Reine-Adelaide at the club any longer and has already held discussions with at least one club - Ligue 1 side Nice being the club rumored - regarding a move away for the former Lens player. Because, you see, nothing makes sense anymore.
This is the same kid Mesut Özil embraced for the cameras just this past May and proclaimed “the future of Arsenal.”
And yet, if reports out of France are to be believed, he’s on the verge of a permanent move away.
Nothing makes sense anymore when it comes to who is in Wenger’s good graces and who is not. What is certain is that talent does not come into the equation when evaluating a player’s long-term future, as witnessed with Wojciech Szczesny’s soon-to-be-announced move to Juventus.
Quite simply, there has to be an explanation for all of this. If Reine-Adelaide’s done something wrong in Wenger’s eyes, maybe perhaps one reason could be that, oh, he’s a 19 year-old kid, for starters. Most 19 year-old kids are bonafide shitheads. That’s what you do when you’re 19 years-old. You do shitheaded things.
If this rumor turns out to be more than just hearsay, that for all the immaturity excuses that Wenger likes to hold over his players’ heads sometimes the most immature individual in these situations is Wenger himself.