Arsenal Football Club is delighted to announce that Jay Emmanuel-Thomas has signed a new long-term contract.

The 18-year-old midfielder, who was captain of last season's FA Youth Cup and Academy League Cup 'double' winning team, spent the first three months of the season on loan with Championship side Blackpool where he impressed in his 12 games, scoring two goals.

Jay, who joined Arsenal as a Scholar in 2007  will be looking to put his on-loan experience to good use in Neil Banfield's Reserves, while also hoping to make an impression with the first team this season.

Everyone at Arsenal looks forward to Jay's continued contribution to the Club in the years to come.

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