Livingston look likely to lose Arsenal academy graduate Jay Emmanuel-Thomas this summer as the striker has options abroad to ponder.

The striker arrived at Livingston following a spell in Thailand but hadn’t played in over a year prior to his Livi debut at the start of the season. He has scored eight goals with three assists in 28 games, the striker notably playing for Arsenal and Bristol City amongst others in English football before arriving in Livingston.

The former Arsenal striker could be on the move.

The former Arsenal striker could be on the move. (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Manager David Martindale says the Arsenal academy graduate could become a good scout if he does leave (Daily Record): “There’s a good chance JET will move on. He hasn’t triggered the clause in his contract and I think he’s got a few opportunities abroad.

“If he moves on, he’ll do so with everyone’s good wishes and he has nothing but good things to say about the club. He’s a player leaving Livingston to probably play at a higher level and earn more money but is leaving on a positive and that means something.


“He’ll go away and talk to people in the game and say good things about Livingston. I know for a fact he would phone me and say ‘Davie, I know this player, he’s good and you should have a look at him’. It could be really valuable and I know we’ll keep in touch.”

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The former Arsenal man could be an asset. (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

While Emmanuel-Thomas scored against Hibs, it wasn’t enough as Livingston lost 2-1 at Easter Road to leave them nine points behind fourth with three games to go. Martindale is taking responsibility for a poor first half that cost his team.

He said: “First half has absolutely killed us but I’m going to take the blame for that. I think the shape killed us a little bit – or the personnel within the shape that we played. I got that wrong. I got the boys in at half-time. Told them in no uncertain terms what I was looking for and what we weren’t doing correctly.

“You can’t defend the way we defended as a collective unit in the first half and expect to come away with points in games of football. You give yourself an absolute mountain to climb.”

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