Decision Time for Jay Emmanuel-Thomas

One of Arsenal’s promising youngsters is at the crossroads in his career at Arsenal.  Former youth team captain Jay Emmanuel-Thomas will find out whether he will remain an Arsenal player or become yet another one of our youngsters to be sold to a Championship team.

Ipswich Town are reported to have offered Arsenal £1M for the utility dynamo.

Wenger has in the past spoken very highly of Jay, yet he did not go on the Far East tour and has been overlooked for the Cologne game.  Jay spent last year on loan at Cardiff City where he made 14 appearances scoring twice.  This followed on from loan spells at Blackpool and Doncaster Rovers.

Emmanuel-Thomas’s problem is that he is versatile and as such has been used everywhere along the front-line and in midfield.  This causes Wenger a problem, he is not sure of the player’s best position.

Whilst Wenger sees this as a weakness, this is in fact a positive and should be used as such by Arsene.  Jay can play and has played anywhere along the front, his is big, muscular, fast and can score goals.  If Arsene needs a bit of muscle and steel in midfield, again he can call upon Emmanuel-Thomas to do a job.

Where Arsenal have gone wrong in the past is allowing too many of our academy players to leave without giving them an opportunity.  The likes of Sidwell, Larsson and Muamba were all jettisoned by the club without affording them a fair crack of the whip, whilst Denilson was given 5 seasons to prove himself.

Look at Ferguson and the likes of Wes Brown ad John O ‘Shea.  Neither were dynamic players, but they became reliable squad players who could be called upon by Ferguson to come in and do a decent job.  Brown played along the back-line, whilst O’Shea also played in midfield and defence.

This is how Wenger should use Emmanuel-Thomas, a squad player who over the course of time can play anywhere in midfield and attack.  Another vital point in favour of keeping Emmanuel-Thomas is that he came through the youth ranks and will show greater loyalty to Arsenal and more commitment than some of our overseas players.

Selling Jay will be a big mistake by Wenger.

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Posted on July 23, 2011, in Arsenal News, Arsenal Players and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. he’s got a great future, premierhsip is becoming more physical day by day so pace and power are indispensible if a player is to succeed in PL.

  2. JET is a great player and isn’t going anywhere. Scored a hat-trick last week and was the main man in a 9-0 goal fest. The daily mirror put som article bout him leaving, and we all know that the papers talk shite

  3. AW doesn’t know his best position?! Are you Avin a larf! He wouldn’t be where he is if that was the case.

  4. Imo it depends on him. As wenger said JET can be as good as he wants to be, but he has to learn to pass more etc. I imagine he will be a big player one day, but it might be a few years before his talent comes out in the PL.

    “Emmanuel-Thomas’s problem is that he is versatile and as such has been used everywhere along the front-line and in midfield. This causes Wenger a problem, he is not sure of the player’s best position… Whilst Wenger sees this as a weakness…”
    Do you have any evidence for this? I seriously doubt that is an issue at all. From what I’ve seen, Wenger seems to love versatility. That’s why he was happy to play diaby, bendtner and denilson out wide, and why he persists with playing theo, because it gives them experience at playing different areas of the field and it’s why he likes players like nasri, who can be effective out wide, or in the centre.

    “The likes of Sidwell, Larsson and Muamba were all jettisoned by the club without affording them a fair crack of the whip”
    How much of that was them not being patient enough, though? They needed longer to develop and, at least in some cases, they weren’t willing to do that. Larsson, for example, looks like he could be a useful squad player for us now (could be like a brown or o’shea, as you say), but I don’t think he would have been 6 years ago when he left. It’s only over the past 2 or 3 where he’s looked like a really useful player. Besides, we tried to sign him back this summer and he rejected it because he wants to play regularly. I’ve always liked him personally, he seems to like arsenal as a club very much, but he sees first team football as being more important than winning things as a bit-part player – and who am I to argue with that?
    So it more comes down to the mentality of the players more than wenger in most cases. Are they willing to wait around and play that bit-part “wes brown” role, or do they want to play more regularly even if it means dropping to a weaker club?

    • northbanklegend

      Wenger went on record to say that if players get to 20 / 21 and he cannot play them on a “regular” basis, then it is not fair to let them play reserve football.
      What Arsenal need is a feeder club playing in the Blue Square League or even League Two where we can play all of our reserves and youth players and let them develop there. This is what happens in Spain with teams like Real and Barcelona having B teams in the the second division.
      Can you imagine if players like Larsson, Muamba were playing in League Two or League One for three / four seasons they would be ready to step into the Arsenal frist team now.

  5. Norfolk_Mighty_Horse

    Its reported that it is all but signed here at ITFC – has there been any news from your end?? if it is true most of Ipswich will be very happy if he is as good as you say!!

    Norfolk_Mighty_Horse (life long town fan now living far to close to the Budgie Scummers)

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