Theo Walcott backs Jeff Reine-Adelaide to shine at Arsenal

Theo Walcott has claimed that young Arsenal teammateJeff Reine-Adelaide has all the qualities needed to become a first-team success with the Gunners one day.

The 17-year-old midfielder made headlines on Sunday with an impressive assist for Walcott in the 1-0 win over Wolfsburg to clinch the Emirates Cup.

Manager Arsene Wenger had previously labelled the youngster as "special" but the England international feels that fans should not expect too much too soon.

"For 17, he's confident on the ball and he wants to express himself as well, which is important," Walcott, who came to prominence at the age of 16, told the club's official website. "It's always nice to see a young player not be shy on the ball. Even if he makes a mistake he wants it again, which is a good sign.

"Getting that assist at the weekend just shows he's got that touch in the final third where it matters most and he's got a good physical presence about him. The most important thing is not to put too much pressure on the young guy's shoulders.

"He's still got a lot to learn but he's at the best club to do that with the best manager as well. He's definitely got some skills and he's very talented."

Wenger later confirmed that the youngster would stay in North London this season rather than being farmed out to earn experience...


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