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Sanchez Watt joins Leeds on loan till end of season

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Young forward Sanchez Watt has today joined League One side Leeds United on loan until the end of the 2009/2010 season. 18 year-old Sanchez made a memorable first-team debut earlier this season. Being named in the starting line-up for the Carling Cup Third Round match against West Bromwich Albion, the London-born striker impressed throughout the match and rounded off a fine performance by scoring Arsenal's first goal in the 2-0 home victory. Sanchez, full name Herschel Sanchez Watt, featured in all three Carling Cup matches this season. In addition to his scoring debut against West Brom, Sanchez came on as a substitute in the home victory over Liverpool and the away defeat to Manchester City. The young striker was also in the first-team squad, as an unused substitute, in the away UEFA Champions League victory over Standard Liege in September. Sanchez, who has been prolific for the Reserves this season, scoring five goals from his nine appearances, was also a key member of Arsenal's Under-18 double-winning side last season. Equally comfortable on the wing or up front, he appeared in all eight of the FA Youth Cup fixtures, netting a brace in the Semi-Final before striking in both legs of the victory over Liverpool in The FA Youth Cup Final. Sanchez joined Arsenal as a scholar in summer 2007, signing professional terms with Arsenal a year later in summer 2008. His fine performances were rewarded in November, when he signed a new long-term contract with the Club. Sanchez, who spent February on loan at Southend United, will immediately join up with Simon Grayson's squad for their top of the table clash at Norwich City on Saturday. Everyone at Arsenal Football Club wishes Sanchez the best of luck during his time with Leeds United
Jay Emmanuel-Thomas has extended his loan with Championship side Doncaster Rovers until the end of the 2009/2010 season. The 19-year-old midfielder has made a big impact at The Keepmoat Stadium since joining on loan at the end of February, scoring three times from his six appearances so far, including two goals in a 5-2 win at Bristol City on 6th March. His performances have helped Doncaster in their push up the Championship table, where they currently sit in 10th position, seven points outside the play-offs. Emmanuel-Thomas, who made his Arsenal first-team debut in the FA Cup defeat at Stoke City in January, was captain of last season's FA Youth Cup and Academy League cup 'double' winning team. The versatile midfielder, who first captained Arsenal's Academy side at the age of just 16, has also spent time on loan at Blackpool this season, where he scored a stunning goal, ironically against Doncaster, in their 3-3 Championship draw in October. As well as his vital performances at Under-18 level last season, Jay has caught the eye for Neil Banfield's Reserves over the past two seasons, at left-back, in midfield and as centre-forward, scoring a hat-trick against West Ham United at Upton Park in January. Everyone at Arsenal Football Club wishes Jay the best of luck for the rest of the season with Doncaster Rovers.

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