One of the biggest hallmarks of Arsene Wenger’s early years in charge of Arsenal was his knack for spotting talent in untapped markets like France.
As time went on the rest of the Premier League and the world seemed to catch on, but the Gunners still thought they had found a real gem when they discovered Jeff Reine-Adelaide, who signed under Arsene Wenger in 2015.
The ex-Lens midfielder however never really got his chance to shine at the Emirates and after moving back to France to join Angers on a permanent deal last summer, has never really looked back.
After seeing their former prospect shine in France’s Euro U21 win over England on Tuesday night, many Arsenal fans took to Twitter to bemoan their club’s mistake in letting the 21-year-old go.
Many were left frustrated at how Reine-Adelaide was allowed to leave the club for a minimal fee and pointed out how the Frenchman was starting for a “ridiculously talented” U21’s team for his country.
Indeed, some even felt a sense of deja vu in seeing Reine-Adelaide succeed elsewhere and brought up the similar successes enjoyed by Wojciech Szczesny and Serge Gnabry after making their own exits from the Emirates too.
Check out some of the frustrated reaction of Arsenal fans below:
Hate you @Arsenal
— Darren (@DazAshton93) June 18, 2019
It was Szczesny. It’s now Gnabry. Next it will be Jeff Reine Adelaide I constantly complain about us selling.
— Paddy (@VieiraPaddy) June 18, 2019
Daily reminder that the new regime sold Jeff Reine-Adelaide for grand total of €1.3m, because they didn’t “rely too much on him”.
Now Jeff starts for a ridicilously talented France u21, where half of the starters could easily start for Arsenal.
— Aleksi (@Skrufkin) June 18, 2019
We sold Jeff Reine-Adelaide and kept El Neny
— MAGNUM (@49gunsalute) June 18, 2019
Daily reminder we sold Reine-Adélaïde for €1.3m. Wish we still had him at the club, a very mature and assured performance tonight. We keep losing our best talents for next to nothing and it has to stop! #U21Euro
— Janaarthanan N (@Jengaa_N) June 18, 2019
Reine adelaide is very good. Will be another regret for arsenal much like serge gnabry.
— The Arsenal (@AFC5994) June 18, 2019
Jeff Reine-Adelaide looks like the type of young player Arsenal should be looking at…oh wait
— Femster (@femster82) June 18, 2019