Reine-Adelaide’s pre-season preparations were heavily disrupted by an injury he suffered towards the end of last campaign and then, after an encouraging start for the U23s, the Frenchman saw his progress halted by another problem.
Having finally regained fitness, Reine-Adelaide returned to action for Arsenal U23s against Sunderland this week and, interestingly, was deployed as a left wing-back, despite having never previously played in that position, indicating that he could well have been earmarked as a potential back-up option there for the first-team.
Although he struggled a little defensively Reine-Adelaide was very impressive going forwards in the opening stages of the game, but then, with just 20 minutes gone, he pulled up with another injury and had to be substituted.
If his latest setback hadn’t occurred then there is a good chance that Reine-Adelaide would have been on the plane to Serbia and in contention to play some part in the game.
As it has transpired, the prospect could well miss next week’s Carabao Cup game against Norwich City as his hugely frustrating start to the season continues.
Now in his third season at Arsenal, Reine-Adelaide’s potential has always been clear since his superb displays at the Emirates Cup shortly after his arrival.
Since then, however, his Arsenal career so far has been a tale of injuries and inconsistency. He has played eight times competitively for the first-team but has only really stood out on a couple of occasions – the FA Cup win against Southampton last season and the EFL Cup success against Nottingham Forest.