Blackpool sign Arsenal starlet

Blackpool have signed young Arsenal midfielder Jay Emmanuel-Thomas on loan.

The 18-year-old moves to Bloomfield Road on a one-month deal to bolster the Seasiders' options in the middle of the park.

Emmanuel-Thomas captained Arsenal's Under-18 side to FA Youth Cup and Academy League successes last season.

The versatile central midfielder has represented the Gunners' reserves, where he also covered at left-back and centre-forward during his first season as a professional player.

Pool manager Ian Holloway said: "I am delighted, we have had a few things boiling over on the stove in the last few weeks and to get what we have got is pleasing.

"I am delighted to have Jay, he is a fantastic young lad, he has a great physique and he wants the chance to come out and play.

"Initially it's just for a month but I hope to convince him we can build on that and extend it for a longer period."