Ipswich Town have announced the signing of Jay Emmanuel-Thomas from Arsenal.
Despite being very highly rated in his youth team years he made just one start and four substitute appearances for the first team. Arsene Wenger, famous for giving youth every chance, clearly decided something was lacking in Thomas and sanctioned the move this summer.
The player himself is looking forward, however. He told the Ipswich Town official website, “Obviously it came to the stage in my career at Arsenal where I needed to be playing games. I had a decision to make and Ipswich seemed the right place for me. I had a good time at Arsenal and I’m going to miss all the boys but my future is about me and I needed to move on.
“I was impressed with what Paul Jewell had to say – and the team he is building. I know he is looking to bring in more players and it’s the club’s ambition to get in the Premier League. That’s my goal as well, to play in the Premier League with Ipswich.”
And on his Twitter account he said “Thank you to Arsenal FC for everything they have done for me an making me the player i am today, I wish Every1 there all the best Peace&Love”.
There’s no doubting his technical ability as a player but Town fans will be hoping he can sort out the attitude problems that did most to hamper his progress with the Gunners.