By Giuseppe Muro

Arsène Wenger believes Jay Emmanuel-Thomas will prove he is a class act if he gets the opportunity to face Tottenham tonight.

The versatile 19-year-old impressed during pre-season and has starred for Neil Banfield’s Reserve side in an unbeaten start to the campaign, netting four times in three games.

Emmanuel-Thomas scored a stunning equaliser against Manchester City last time out and has been named in Wenger’s squad for tonight’s Carling Cup tie at White Hart Lane. The manager is backing Emmanuel-Thomas to shine.

“Jay has class. Class to give the ball, class to finish, class to pass people,” Wenger told

“I believe he can play against anybody and score goals - but then again you must earn your place and on a daily basis you must show you have the hunger and the quality.

“He has the needed quality without a doubt. I am confident that if he gets an opportunity he will show that.”

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21 Sep 2010