Arsene Wenger challenges Jay Emmanuel-Thomas

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has challenged young striker Jay Emmanuel-Thomas to win a place in the first team in the coming weeks.

With a Carling Cup test at Newcastle United on Wednesday, the Gunners boss is likely to offer the promising frontman the opportunity to showcase his talents in the north east.

A place in the quarter-finals is up for grabs and the Frenchman wants Emmanuel-Thomas to take the opportunity should it arise against their Premier League rivals.

"Jay is knocking very hard on my door – with two hands. He has outstanding quality," Wenger told Arsenal TV Online.

"He has outstanding qualities, he has the build you dream to have. It is down to how far he wants to go because he has big potential.

"He works very hard to get his fitness right. When his fitness is right, Jay will be not only a good player, but a great player.

"One thing is for sure – he can score goals. That is a massive talent you cannot give to people, his right foot, left foot, he is unbelievable in front of goal. This guy is an unbelievable finisher, inside and outside of the box."

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