Jay Emmanuel-Thomas has joined Championship side Cardiff City until the end of the 2010/2011 season.

The 2009 Youth Cup winning captain, 20, has scored ten times in just nine appearances for the Arsenal Reserves this term, including a hat trick against West Ham’s second string – his second in successive seasons against the Hammers.  

Jay’s performances have earned him first-team appearances in the Premier League, Champions League and Carling Cup this term and he will look to continue his excellent form with Dave Jones’ side, as they bid for promotion to the Premier League.

Last season, he cut his teeth at senior level with loan spells at Blackpool and Doncaster Rovers, and a debut for Arsène Wenger’s first team against Stoke City in the FA Cup Fourth Round.

Jay, who joined Arsenal at just eight years old, was a feature of Steve Bould’s Academy side for some years, captaining the Under-18s at just 16, and leading them to an FA Youth Cup and Academy League double in 2009. He signed professional terms in July 2008 and a new long-term contract in December 2009.

Everyone at Arsenal Football Club wishes Jay the best of luck for his time with Cardiff City.

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18 Jan 2011