Arsene Wenger has handed a start to teenage midfielder Jeff Rene-Adelaide for Arsenal’s Emirates Cup clash against Wolfsburg this afternoon.
Wenger described the 17-year-old as “something special” after he made his senior debut in the 6-0 thrashing of Lyon yesterday.
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The French prodigy will play in an attacking midfield three also consisting of Jack Wilshere and Mesut Ozil – the only player to start both games.
With Danny Welbeck out with a knee problem which will sideline him beyond the start of the Premier League season, Theo Walcott is given another opportunity as the lone striker.
Petr Cech, Arsenal’s only summer signing to date, makes his full debut at his new home behind a defence which includes Calum Chambers in a centre-back position.
.@Arsenal v Wolfsburg: Cech, Bellerin, Chambers, Gabriel, Monreal, Arteta, Cazorla, Reine-Adelaide, Ozil, Wilshere, Walcott #EmiratesCup2015
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) July 26, 2015
.@Arsenal subs: Martinez, Debuchy, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Giroud, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Akpom, Coquelin, Hayden, Iwobi — Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) July 26, 2015
Gunners cult hero Nicklas Bendtner plays against Arsenal for the first time since leaving for Germany in 2014, as the spearhead of a dangerous Wolfsburg attack.
Former Chelsea forward Andre Schurrle and reported Manchester City target Kevin de Bruyne also start for last year’s Bundesliga runners-up, who lost 2-1 to Villarreal in their first match.
#EmiratesCup2015 @Arsenal v Wolves line-up: Benaglio-Jung,Naldo,Klose,Rodriguez-Träsch,Guilavogui-Vieirinha,De Bruyne,Schürrle-Bendtner
— VfL Wolfsburg EN (@VfLWolfsburg_EN) July 26, 2015
Following Villarreal’s 2-0 victory over Lyon, a score draw would be enough for Arsenal to win their home tournament for a fourth time.
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