Emmanuel Frimpong joined Arsenal when he was nine years old, at around the same time as Jack Wilshere, but his progress into the first team for the Gunners has not been as easy as Wilshere’s. Arsene Wenger rates the 20-year old very highly, though, and believes he will star for us in the future.
Wenger and Frimpong decided that he needs to play regularly, that is why the midfielder has gone on loan to Championship side Charlton until the end of the year. Frimpong made his debut for Chris Powell’s side on Saturday for the visit of Huddersfield, and impressed his new manager during his 66 minutes on the pitch.
Frimpong was substituted after appearing to tweak a muscle while shooting at goal, but he is expected to be alright to play tonight against Peterborough. Powell was clearly pleased with his new man who will only get better, as long as he can avoid injury.
“He had `championship cramp` as I call it.
“He had to get used to the pace of it, but I have to say he was very, very good for the hour he was on.
“He showed his strength, he showed his attitude in going forward, his passing ability-he is a good player.
“I knew I was getting a good player from Arsenal and for his debut, in those conditions, it wasn’t easy. I felt it was a very good performance.
“That can bode well for us. I am sure he will be fine for Tuesday, and he put in a good hour of work for us.”
If Frimpong continues to play for Charlton, increasing his match sharpness and awareness, he may be able to break into the Arsenal first team in the new year, but if Wenger spends some of his transfer kitty on a defensive midfielder, Frimpong might be better off staying on loan and playing. Good luck and stay Dench.