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Contributors Post: Jay Emmanuel-Thomas – Why he should be promoted to the first team

He was born in Forest Gate, England to a St. Lucian mother and a Dominican father. He has been at Arsenal since he was 7 years old. He went on to become the captain of the under-18 youth team when he was just 16 years-old and became a professional in 2008.

In 2008 – He was one of the stars of the FA youth cup success.

In 2009 – This versatile youngster was on loan to Blackpool. The midfielder scored his first ever senior goal in the 3-3 draw with Doncaster. The quality of the run and finish left everyone wondering how far this kid can go.

In 2010 – He made his Arsenal debut when he was selected in the starting eleven against Stoke in a F.A cup 4th round match on 24th January. Later, he was sent on loan to Doncaster Rovers. He scored 5 times in 12 starts and 2 substitute appearances.

In 2010 – 2011 season he gave some excellent performances for Arsenal reserves and was handed out his 1st league appearance for the senior team against Chelsea on 3rd October, when he came on as a substitute for Jack Wilshere. He joined Cardiff City on loan in January.

He has played at numerous positions for his teams. He has played at Left back, as a left winger as a central midfielder and as a striker. Looking at some of our goalkeepers, I wonder why Wenger didn’t give him the gloves as well. He prefers to play as a striker though. He is big, strong and skillful – a rare combination. He regards Sol Campbell as his Idol and sees Abou Diaby as a player very similar to him (Only a better version of Diaby I think).

He showed the world what he is capable of, when he scored a wonder goal against Everton reserves in November, 2010.  The goal talked about over here was his second goal of the match. He cut in from the right and beat two Everton defenders with an outrageous peace of skill, and then beat the goalkeeper with a low shot in the corner. It was known as the Hocus – Pocus skill (Don’t look at me that way, I Google-d to confirm it). The Arsenal website described it as “With his left foot he somehow seemed to shift the ball around the back of his right leg and leave the defender behind in one graceful swooping motion before firing a low shot into the bottom-right corner from just inside the area. A piece of skill almost beyond words.”

Given his versatility he can play nearly anywhere on the field, but I would like to see him at the top.  We may hate Adebayor for all his antics, but he was something Arsenal needed Last season. Someone who is big, strong and can bully the defenders and score goals, and that too plenty of it. Van Persie, well for all his talents he spends nearly 6 months of every season on the treatment table. Terribly sad for a wonderful player like him and more so for Arsenal. Chamakh started out well then faded away with the season. I think he needs more time to settle in. Bendtner is on his way out – thankfully. For all our fancy once touch football and great build ups – Last season at times we didn’t have someone at the end of those moves, to provide the finishing touch. Especially against smaller teams, who go out there and “Park the Bus” in front of the goal (courtesy Jose Mourinho), we didn’t have a striker who can knock defenders down instead of getting knocked out himself.

Emmanuel-Thomas should fit in the team perfectly.  Wenger at times have shown reluctance to go in with two strikers, he won’t break his 4-3-3 system. JET as he is better known as can play either side of the front three and can also provide cover for Van Persie for the six months that he usually misses with Injuries. I don’t see Wenger going out and buying another striker even if Bendtner leaves. When was the last time you knew that Bendtner was there anyways? We were linked with a move for Benzema and most recently with Defoe. While Benzema is determined to stay at Madrid, as he won’t find niñas in London. Defoe’s transfer is bit more complicated, I think Arsenal should buy Defoe only if Tottenham buy Almunia and there should be a special clause where the spaniard has to be made there captain. On a serious note – why buy Defoe when you have such talents as JET in your reserves? Benzema would have been a great buy but surely not Defoe. IF given the proper chances that he deserves, I think we have a player who is ready to step up and be counted. The raw power that he will bring is needed in the Arsenal ranks. I hope he is not sent out on loan again. It has been reported that Cardiff is interested in bringing him back again. In Arsene we trust – Its time for Arsene to trust in Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, because it was foreboded by Wenger himself  “When his fitness is right, Jay will be not only a good player but a great player.”

Here is the goal against Everton for the reserves if you have not seen it! Leave a comment on your thoughts about the goal!

Written by Amlan Majumdar

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