Arsenal starlet sends big message to Wenger

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Jay Emmanuel-Thomas showed Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger his growing potential with the equaliser for the second string against Manchester City.

The young Gunner is yet to make a senior appearance for the Arsenal side, but has impressed on loan stints with Blackpool and Doncaster Rovers in the Championship.

Last season, the powerful attacking midfielder, who can also play as a striker, scored five goals in 14 appearances for Rovers in the final three months of the season to enhance his reputation.

An England U19 international, Emmanuel-Thomas has returned to the Arsenal reserve setup and, instead of going on loan, is fighting his way up the ranks at the Emirates.

The Gunners' Elite Development Squad, boasting a string of teenagers in the side, came from behind in the second half after Guidetti gave the Citizens the lead.

"I think overall a draw was a fair result," Arsenal reserve team boss Neil Banfield told the club's official website. "I thought we shaded the first half but second half Man City played very well."

It was the performance of Emmanuel-Thomas, capped by a goal, that will excite the north London club's faithful, with the young Gunner knocking on Wenger's door for a first team call-up.

"Jay’s got that ability in him to pull something out like that and he’s done it again for us tonight."

With Arsenal struggling for strikers once again this season after the injury to Robin van Persie, Emmanuel-Thomas could become a legitimate option for the Gunners as they look to challenge on several fronts this season.

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