I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who saw the comical side to Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong’s picture upload of his newly name engraved football boots, on social networking site Twitter. The boots which have ‘Frimpong’ etched into the stitches was the latest in a line of stories to arise about the young midfielder, and he seems to have the knack of hitting the headlines for the wrong reasons.
After Emmanuel Frimpong survived a mass clear out by Arsenal of players who were surplus to requirements, it seemed like the Ghanaian born midfielder had a future with the club. When you consider that his playing position of defensive midfielder is one of the least well covered in the Arsenal squad, then this season promised a lot for the 21-year old.
Frimpong surely out the door now? by Ash
Ahead of Arsenal’s 3rd round Capital One Cup game vs West Brom at the Hawthorns, Arsenal announced the official travelling squad on their website. There were a few surprise absences as well as a few surprise inclusions however ultimately the majority of the team is nothing more than expected.
Does Arsenal have the worst bench in the league? by Ash
Arsenal used to have the best individual players in the league in the likes of Robert Pires, Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Sol Campbell. They were our starting players and a bench of the likes of Fabregas, Flamini, Edu and Reyes meant we had not just the best individuals but the best team squad as a whole. However somehow we have gone from that to this:
Is Coquelin’s future in doubt at AFC? by Ash
Arsenal decided to let go off a lot of the players classed as ‘deadwood’ this summer, whether that be by selling them, loaning them or even releasing them in the case of Denilson, Arshavin and Squillaci, however I think one name that we were all quite surprised to see go out of the door was Francis Coquelin.
The Arsenal under-21 side were in action last night at the Emirates, and they put in an impressive performance to beat a strong West Brom side by 1 – 0. The goal was a stunning volley from the young German player Serge Gnabry, and it may just have booked him a seat on the coach going up to Sunderland for the Premier League game tomorrow.
Arsene Wenger is not willing to take chances, despite Arsenal already being 3-0 up from the away leg in Istanbul last week. Getting in to the group stages of the Champions League is just too important to the club and the players, both already at the club and those we are hoping to arrive in the next six days.
That is why Wenger restrained himself from making wholesale changes, although I hope to see Emmanuel Frimpond, Ryo Miyaichi and Yaya Sanogo come off the bench in the second half when the tie is secured
Even though Arsenal are 3-0 up from the away leg in Istanbul, Arsene Wenger will be taking no chances when we take on Fenerbahce at the Emirates tomorrow. Qualifying for the group stages of the Champions League is so important to the club that the boss will want to put out a strong side to avoid any slip ups.
Having said that, I think that Wenger should start the game with Emmanuel Frimpong in the middle. I don’t think it will significantly weaken us, and the 21-year old needs to play sooner or later if he is going to be a squad player for us this season. This game, for me, would be the perfect one in which to give the midfielder his first minutes of the season.
Arsenal midfield 2013/14, the defensive line by Blaz
In the last couple of days there were plenty of photos on Arsenal.com of players starting preparation for the new season. First of all, what are Chamakh, Andre Santos, Bendtner, Park still doing there? And secondly, there was an interesting face I’ve seen. I almost forgot about The Dench himself, when I saw Frimpong smiling from the photo. Remember him? Went on couple of loans, got few injuries, kicked van der Vaart around,… But this year things might change – one of our potential future golden boys, Francis Coquelin went on a loan. It seems Frimpong will get his chance to play with the big boys (about time though). And his natural place of play is DM. So, we have Arteta, Ramsey playing there and now Frimpong.
Au Revoir to Le Coq by AH
Francis Coquelin is a popular figure amongst Arsenal fans, however I’m not entirely sure why. Some like him for his talent, as he will surely be a future star, whilst some like him for his character. What is certain though is that very few Arsenal fans want the talented Frenchman to leave the club this summer; however this seems to becoming a very likely scenario.
Jack Wilshere: Arsenal’s Gifted Curse part 1 By Shona
Jack Wilshere is undoubtedly one of the finest players Arsenal currently has, indeed the 21-year old midfielder is among the most promising young players in global football, rightfully mentioned in the same breath as Neymar, Isco, Gotze, Alcantara, Gündoğan and so forth. It is with that said that many of the Arsenal faithful are bemused by what seems to be a correlation between his appearance in the side and overtly poorer performances.
Le Coq on his way out of Arsenal? by AH
Francis Coquelin is a very favourable player at Arsenal. His likable attitude and consistently good performances make him one of the best young talents at the club. However he struggles to get a game, and it’s no surprise when you have a midfield trio of Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla playing most games, and then after that Aaron Ramsey and Tomas Rosicky.