Jay Emmanuel-Thomas: The reason why I decided to leave Arsenal
Written by Renzo on July 27, 2011 4:30
Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, one of Arsenal’s most promising youngsters, is no longer a Gunner after he accepted a move to Ipswich Town.
The versatile Englishman, used as left back, left winger and centre-forward during his three years at senior level, joins Paul Jewell at Ipswich for an undisclosed fee after loan spells with Blackpool, Doncaster Rovers and Cardiff City.
Ahead of next season, the strong 20-year explained that his career reached a stage where he needs regular football, something that manager Arsene Wenger could not guarantee as he added that he was impressed with the way the Tractor Boys are building for the future as they are looking into building a competitive side for next season’s Premier League.
On his Twitter account, Emmanuel-Thomas showed his gratitude to Arsenal for what they have done during his time in London and for helping him in developing as a player.
On why he left Arsenal, the youngster said:
Obviously it came to the stage in my career at Arsenal where I needed to be playing games. I had a good time at Arsenal and I’m going to miss all the boys but my future is about me and I needed to move on.
I was impressed with what Paul Jewell had to say – and the team he is building. I know he is looking to bring in more players and it’s the club’s ambition to get in the Premier League. That’s my goal as well – to play in the Premier League with Ipswich.
Thank you to Arsenal FC for everything they have done for me and [for] making me the player I am today. I wish everyone there all the best. Peace and love.
My new club and home Ipswich Town. 6th August, let’s get this season started! Let’s go Tractor Boyz!