Emmanuel-Thomas sees Blackpool move as launching pad into Arsenal first team

Arsenal midfielder Jay Emmanuel-Thomas hopes to impress manager Arsene Wenger on-loan at Blackpool.

He told the Blackpool Gazette: "I've come to Blackpool to prove I can play against men who are older and perhaps stronger than me and that I can handle myself without any problems.

"Hopefully it will be good for me and will help me improve. The highlights of my career so far have been winning the Youth Cup against Liverpool and getting on the bench at Portsmouth.

"I love being at Arsenal and Arsene Wenger is definitely one of the best managers around. He watches the youth team training sessions and if he sees something he likes he will say 'well done', so at least you know you are doing something he is looking for."

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