I am sure I was not the only Arsenal fan to be disappointed when it was reported that Emmanuel Frimpong was going to give up on his Arsenal career and move on to get regular playing time. The story was quickly disproved and it was revealed that the combative midfielder was just looking for a loan deal to gain experience and get match fit. Well the deal is done, and Charlton Athletic are the side that Frimpong will play for until January.
Another Championship side, Wolves, were hoping to give Frimpong his second spell at the club but the 20-year old, who has been at Arsenal since he was nine, has opted to join Chris Powell’s side. Charlton were promoted this summer and are getting used to life in the second division, having won their last three games.
Frimpong knows that he faces strong and varied competition for a place in the Arsenal midfield, especially with Rosicky and Diaby on their way back, and so his best option is to get some regular playing time. Hopefully this loan spell will go better than the last one. He was getting into his stride and impressing everyone at Wolves at the start of this year when he picked up the cruciate ligament damage that he has just come back from.
Frimpong could end up being the strong and energetic defensive midfielder that Arsenal are looking for, but he needs alot more games under his belt to show what he can do, and learn the tricks of the trade. Watch out Championship, and stay Dench.