By Declan Taylor
After slamming home Arsenal’s last-gasp winner in Thursday night’s FA Youth Cup Quarter Final against Spurs, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas revealed that his clinical finish was the result of good, old-fashioned slog on the training pitch.
Extra time loomed large at White Hart Lane after Kyle Bartley’s header cancelled out Jon Obika’s early opener. But the Under-18s’ captain had other ideas.
With just 18 seconds left on the clock, Emmanuel-Thomas lashed a stunning strike past Oscar Jansson in the Tottenham goal to seal Arsenal’s place in the last four before Rhys Murphy added an even later third.
“We’ve been especially working on shooting over the last couple of days,” he told Arsenal TV Online’s MatchDay Show immediately after the victory
“When you concentrate on hitting the target you never know what might happen.
“Even being 1-0 down you’re never out of the game. There is always time to get a goal back, and maybe two or three depending on how well the team attack and how well the opposition defend.
“We are a very attacking side so in the end it paid off for us.
“If you win you go through, you progress, you play at brilliant stadiums like this. It’s a brilliant atmosphere for us and we’re getting used to doing it now.”Copyright 2013 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 6 Mar 2009