Angers midfielder Jeff Reine-Adelaide has revealed that Unai Emery told him he wasn’t needed at Arsenal when he took the managerial reigns in 2018.The 21-year-old joined the Gunners in 2015 after beginning his senior career with Lens but made just eight senior appearances in his three years at the club.The Frenchman was shipped off on loan to Angers in January 2018, before making his move permanent the following summer and has since managed to earn his stripes in his homeland. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Reine-Adelaide featured in 35 of Angers’ 38 matches in Ligue 1 this season, helping the team comfortably avoid relegation with a 13th place finish.He also contributed three goals and three assists, ultimately earning a place in the Les Bleus U-21 squad for the upcoming European Championships.Looking back on his time at Arsenal, Reine-Adelaide believes he was never given the chance to prove himself, while also revealing that Emery sat him down to tell him he had no use for him at the Emirates.”It is true that I would like to speak a little less of Arsenal. I was young. It was complicated,” he told Goal in an exclusive interview. “There was so much competition that it was difficult to get into the coach’s line-up.”He [Emery] told me that the club did not rely too much on me. I took a blow, but Angers was on the lookout. It was a new chance, a new beginning. The train does not pass often and I was happy to get back in the right car.”The ex-Arsenal ace insists he has earned his spot in France’s national set-up after a successful first year with Angers, which has seen him adapt to a central midfield role.The young playmaker was previously deployed as a winger in north London, but he now operates as a playmaker in the middle of the park for Angers – a position which he feels suits him better.”Of course. It’s a reward. My season had started well, then I had a hole. I bounced back and today I am rewarded for my work. I invested a lot and it is the reward of a beautiful season.”This is clearly the position I feel best. I started there when I was younger. After, I was on the wings, but for me, it is where I can most exploit my qualities best.”I am a ball player and in the middle, it is we who dictate the game. We must do it wisely, helping our partners. We must defend as well. I especially like to command the tempo. I look a lot at professional players in this position, and some inspire me a lot.”Reine-Adelaide went on to name Manchester United’s Paul Pogba as one his role models, along with former Arsenal star Abou Diaby.”I watch a lot what Pogba does, with Manchester or in France,” he added. “Before, there was also Abdou Diaby. He is a player who has always impressed me. He was one of the best at his job.”There are plenty of others, but Pogba and Diaby are the two that I have watched the most because we have the same slender profile.”When quizzed on a potential transfer this summer, Reine-Adelaide also refused to rule out a move to a “big club” in the near future, responding: “We do not know what is happening tomorrow, but I would like to stay in France to continue moving up before, why not, joining a big club.”
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Ms Sturgeon said the Scottish Government would continue to take decisions “in an orderly and responsible way” but the Tory Government could not be allowed to “act against Scotland’s wishes and our interests, and reject all attempts at compromise”.She added: “It seems the Westminster Tory Government now think they can do anything to Scotland and get away with it. They must start to understand how wrong they are. The UK Government cannot be allowed to take us out of the EU and the single market, regardless of the impact on our economy, jobs, living standards and our reputation as an open, tolerant country, without Scotland having the ability to choose between that and a different future. “With her comments today, the Prime Minister has only succeeded in making that choice more likely.”Ms Davidson said the Prime Minister had made clear that she would “prioritise the protection of our own union of nations” and said all parts of the UK should now be pulling together.She added: “There is no reason why both Britain and the European Union cannot emerge from the negotiations in stronger shape.”The SNP should have the good grace to accept that many of its own demands – including the protection of workers’ rights, and the protection of rights for EU citizens in Britain and cross-border cooperation on tackling crime – have been recognised by the UK Government.”Ever since the Brexit vote, the SNP has tried to use the result as an excuse for holding a divisive second referendum on independence. It has failed to persuade people in Scotland of that case. Now that the UK Government has spelled out this plan of action, that case has collapsed altogether.”Kezia Dugdale, the Scottish Labour leader, said the speech would increase the divisions in the country and accused the Tories of putting the Union at risk by “furthering the sort of divisions the SNP thrives on”.But she also said it would be the wrong reaction to the speech to call for another referendum. “It’s illogical to react to the UK leaving the EU single market by calling for Scotland to leave the UK single market too. Remaining in the UK is even more important to Scotland than being part of the EU. Scotland’s economy, jobs and public finances are all boosted by remaining in the UK. “Under independence, Scotland would face the prospect of being out of the EU and out of the UK. That would be a disaster for Scotland.” Nicola Sturgeon has warned a new vote on breaking-up Britain is now even “more likely” after Theresa May used her Brexit speech to rule out membership of the single market.The First Minister said that for all the Prime Minister’s “warm words” about the Union, the UK was heading for a hard Brexit that “threatens to be economically catastrophic”.She accused Mrs May of ignoring Scotland’s wishes, adding: “Decisions are being driven not by the rational best interests of the country, but by the obsessions of the hard-right of the Tory party.“It is also becoming clear that a more fundamental issue is emerging – not just whether the UK is in or out of the EU, but what kind of country it is going to be. Theresa May says she wants a stronger UnionCredit:EPA “The Prime Minister gave the game away towards the end of her speech when she talked of the potential for the UK to become a low wage, low tax, deregulated economy. That would see a race to the bottom replace our membership of the single market and everyone – perhaps apart from the very wealthiest – would be worse off as a result.”Opposition parties urged the SNP to rule out another referendum and claimed they wanted a new vote at any cost, while Ruth Davidson, the Scottish Conservative leader, said Mrs May had set out a “clear and reasonable plan” that would see UK businesses continue to “trade freely in Europe after we leave the EU”.The Scottish Government set out its own Brexit proposals before Christmas when it called for the UK to remain in the single market, or for Scotland to remain in the single market while still part of the UK.Ms Sturgeon said that while talks on the proposals were continuing, and the Prime Minister had promised to give them proper consideration, there was still no evidence that “Scotland’s voice was being listened to or our interests taken into account”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. She first warned the day after the Brexit vote last June that a new vote independence referendum was “highly likely” and said Mrs May’s position would have to change quickly if there was to be “any confidence that Scotland’s interests can be met within the UK”.The First Minister also said that if the UK was leaving the single market there would have to be serious engagement on her proposal to allow Scotland to stay in.