By Giuseppe Muro
Jay Emmanuel-Thomas believes he can add an extra dimension to the Arsenal front-line.
The striker has been in superb form this season, tormenting all-comers in the Reserve League with eight goals in five matches. Most recently he notched up a magnificent hat-trick against a West Ham back line with significant Premier League experience.
While admitting there are good players ahead of him the left-footed 19-year-old feels his physical presence and direct nature would give Arsène Wenger something different if he gives him a chance in the Carling Cup at Newcastle on Wednesday.
“I think I can offer something different. There’s no one that plays exactly my style,” Emmanuel-Thomas told Arsenal.com.
“I’m a big guy that likes to run with the ball and beat players. I can create chances, I can score goals, I can make goals and the way I see things in the game has become a lot better than it used to be.
“I’ve got to keep doing it and keep showing that it’s not just a one-off. Hopefully the boss will see what I’m doing and that I’m doing it on a regular basis and hopefully he will give me my chance.”
The London-born striker made a substitute appearance at Stamford Bridge at the beginning of the month and insists that he can make the step-up from the Reserves to the first team.
“It’s a different type of game,” admitted Emmanuel-Thomas. “It’s a lot quicker and there’s a lot more at risk because in the first team if you lose too many games you won’t win the league and if you lose in the cup you get knocked out. So there is a lot more to play for.
“But I like pressure and I like playing in games where there is pressure.”Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 26 Oct 2010