Former Arsenal youngster Jeff-Reine-Adelaide has revealed that Arsene Wenger’s influence on his progress went beyond just being a better player.
The attacking midfielder joined the Gunners in 2015 from Lens and made his senior debut for the club under Arsene Wenger.
Great things were expected of him, but his progress was hampered by a serious back injury which limited him to just eight first team appearances before he was loaned out to Angers.
Arsene Wenger left the club at the end of last season after a 22 year stay at the club, and the youngster followed soon after as he completed a permanent move to Angers during the summer.
Reine-Adelaide admits it was a huge moment when the French boss left the club as he had a big influence on his career and his life.
He revealed that Wenger was always available to talk and helped shape him as a person, something he feels coaches should be doing.
Speaking to a French media outlet Foot Mercato (via Inside Futbol) he said “It was a very important moment and it touched a lot of people at Arsenal as he was there for a long time.
“Arsene taught me a lot.
“I think I learned how to have a big mind from him
“It was not always easy but he helped me, he always spoke to me, before or after training and told me that I was a young player and it would happen for me one day or another.
“He helped me to progress, not only as a player but also as a young man. It is important for coaches to help people become men.
“I don’t know whether he will coach another team, but I hope it happens for him”