While Arsenal’s season is stuttering to a disappointing conclusion in the Premier League following their goalless draw with Manchester City on Saturday, there was brighter news for Arsene Wenger in the lower leagues at the weekend as two loanees make positive impacts for their current employers.
Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, who was one of the stars of Arsenalâ€™s Youth Cup win lastÂ season, has been on loan in the Championship for much of the season where he has sparkled for both Blackpool and Doncaster.
This weekend JET was at it again for Donny in their 4-3 win over Scunthorpe, with the future Emirates star netting a goal and grabbing an assist.
Emmanuel-Thomas’s goal, arriving in the first half, was a neat touch and lob over the goalie Joe Murphy. Early in the second half Emmanuel-Thomas turned provider as he slipped in James Hayter for the third goal of the game.
Jay Emmanuel-Thomas’s highlight scan be seen here.
Dropping down a division, 19-year-old Arsenal forward Sanchez Watt had a dream debut for Leeds in their 4-1 mauling of the MK Dons. Watt found out he was playing only an hour before kick-off but said his pre-match bowl of cereal give the energy to help gobble up MK Dons.
Watt: “I didn’t find out I was playing until the manager put the team on the wall but there were no nerves because I’ve played in big games before so I knew I had it in my locker. I’d had my cereal, knew my job and just had to focus on doing it right.”
It didn’t take long for the teenager to make his impact as, after just 13 minutes, Watt robbed Mathias Doumbe of possession before setting up Luciano Becchio for the opener.
Sanchez Watt’s assist can be seen here.