Lyon produced a shock on Friday night to eliminate Juventus from the Champions League at the round of 16 stage – and some Arsenal fans on Twitter picked out their former player Jeff Reine-Adelaide for his performance off the bench.
French outfit Lyon suffered a 2-1 defeat on the night in Italy, but progressed to the quarter-finals on away goals after previously winning the first leg 1-0 back in February.
Despite a seventh-placed finish in Ligue 1 this season, Lyon have a talented squad that are in the quarter-finals of Europe’s elite club competition and have a ex-Gunner on their books.
Reine-Adelaide was previously at Arsenal as a youngster and made eight first-team appearances before his exit to Angers in 2018 and he’s now had a positive first season at Lyon.
The 22-year-old was in great form before suffering a serious injury back in December, but he made his first appearance since football retuned with some minutes off the bench against Juventus.
He is an attacking midfielder that was introduced in the 67th minute to give Lyon some energy and a physical presence, something he did to great effect.
The Frenchman helped give his side a lift in the closing minutes and even ran the ball to the corner flag just before the final whistle was blown.
A selection of Arsenal supporters were left impressed by their former player’s contribution in the Champions League and some wish he was still in north London with them.
He’s been directly involved in seven goals during his 21 Lyon appearances so far this season and is a rising talent that is proving to be one that got away.
Here are some Gunners fans discussing Reine-Adelaide:
Jeff Reine-Adelaide had a great cameo tonight. Top top player. Who sanction his transfer?
— Arsènteta (@Abdulherphyz) August 7, 2020
Jeff Reine Adelaide came on tonight was very good. He’s a top top player. Lyon high key have one of the best midfields in the world. Caqueret/Guimaraes/Aouar/Adelaide is amazing.
— Renato (@rehnato) August 7, 2020
Jeff Reine-Adelaide looked decent when he came on. I really wanted him to get more of a chance. I remember him scoring against Boreham Wood in 2018, before leaving to Angers. Would have been nice to see how he would have faired in our pre season games abroad before moving him on pic.twitter.com/BnurzKm3BG
— RohansBlog (@RjArsenalBlog) August 7, 2020
Impressed with Jeff Reine Adelaide’s progress #juventusvslyon
— Harold Atukwatse. (@royharold) August 7, 2020
Reine Adelaide knocked out Juventus. @Arsenal Are you guys watching?
— Moeketsi (@Moe_Muny) August 7, 2020
Jeff-Reine Adelaide performing on the big stage, another one of our own🥱
— Ringard📞 (@archxry7) August 7, 2020
Reine-Adelaide is such a talent.. love his playing style
— skilledya (@street_skills14) August 7, 2020
Reine-Adelaide doing bits
— Bennis Dergkamp (@afc_ramble) August 7, 2020