Arsene Wenger has made yet another addition to the first-team before the start of the season after he promoted Jeff Reine-Adelaide to the senior squad. Arsenal announced the French midfielder's promotion via their official Instagram account.
"Jeff has been promoted to the first team," they wrote alongside a picture on the midfielder on the plane.
The Gunners are currently on their pre-season tour of the United States as they continue preparations for the start of the Premier League season. They played the first of their two games in the US on Thursday (28 July) against the MLS All Stars, which they won 2-1 and will conclude the tour with a game against Chivas de Guadalajara on Sunday.
It was Arsenal's second pre-season friendly with their first match coming against French side RC Lens. The 18-year-old midfielder, who joined last summer, has featured in both the games and again showed glimpses of his quality, which prompted Wenger to label him a special player.
Reine-Adelaide was also delighted at his promotion to the senior squad, which is likely to afford him the opportunity to feature for the first-team in the domestic cup competitions.
"On top of the world!" the midfielder expressed his delight via his official Twitter account following the announcement by the club.
Meanwhile, the French manager was proud of his team after their performance in the first pre-season game of the US Tour and revealed that the team are being put through a hard training program in order to get them fully fit for the start of the Premier League campaign. Arsenal will take on Liverpool in their opening game of the season on 14 August at the Emirates Stadium.
"I believe it was tough for us. We are in a very hard training programme at the moment. You never know how tired the players are going to be in the game. So it was good to see we are in good shape. We had two hard days in the training sessions before we played today so we did well," Wenger said, as quoted on Arsenal's official site.