'No regrets' - Former Arsenal starlet speaks about his post Gunners career

Jau Emmanuel-Thomas is currently in great form for Bristol City.

Back in 2010 Arsenal youngster Jay-Emmanuel-Thomas scored a goal that travelled the world.

His mazy run and magnificent finish against Everton in a reserves match went viral and many lauded him as one of many top talents to follow the like of Cesc Fabregas into the Arsenal first-team.

Part of the Youth Cup winning side that also included Jack Wilshere this forward was destined for Premier League football, but it has never worked out that way.

After just five appearances for the club’s first-team and a couple of loan spells here and there he left in 2011 for Ipswich Town.

But he struggled at Portman Road, playing out of position on the wing, and in the summer of 2013 he left - joining League One side Bristol City for a player-swap deal.

Since then he has not looked back.

Emmanuel-Thomas has 17 goals in 40 games this season and is in terrific form. Talk is already of a move back to The Championship next season - perhaps he might make it in the Premier League yet.

At the age of just 23 he is certainly young enough to continue his path beyond the Football League - but he also has no regrets about his past.

Many a peer stayed at Arsenal perhaps too long. Nico Yennaris, Craig Eastmond and Sanchez Watt spring to mind.

JE-T took a gamble - which is finally paying off.

And he has spoken to FourFourTwo magazine this week about the decision to leave Arsenal at such a young age:

“I had a few experiences in and around the first team, but at the age I was, in and out through injuries and other things, I just wanted to be playing a lot more. I had to make a decision whether I was going to stick around or whether I was going to leave. I had to make that based on my football career, and not which club I wanted to be at.

“We were brought up a certain way to play a certain type of football, and I think that was always going to put me in good stead to wherever I would go next,” he adds. “You can always add more to your game, but being good on the ball always benefits you in the long run. I'm quite pleased with how things have gone, and I don't really have any regrets.”

The rangy forward has certainly come a long way - and he finally looks like living up to the promise he once demonstrated in a YouTube video that went around the globe.

Hopefully plenty more of that is to come.

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