Emmanuel Frimpong was certainly one of the big surprises for me at last years Emirates Cup.
Following the 3-2 victory against Celtic in the traditional pre-season tournament last year, Arsene Wenger spoke about youngsters Jack Wilshere and Frimpong:
‘He has done really well and I believe Frimpong has done really well as well. He is a bit less of a dribbler but he is a fighter and he is a winner. Here you have a boy who can choose between England and Ghana, so if I was in your place I would have no hesitation and invite him very quickly to play for England. I think he will have a big future. Both of them [Wilshere and Frimpong] will have a big future. At what level is very difficult to predict but both are fighters, winners and are ready to fight for the team and have quality. They have normally a good future, but let’s be cautious and not make of them stars before they are stars.’
Sadly less than three weeks after the interview, the 19-year-old midfielder damaged his cruciate knee ligaments during training, which forced him out of most of last season.
Personally, I think it is important to give the youngster a shot at Arsenal as I feel he can develop into a good player. His long-term injury clearly hindered his chances last season, and now fully fit, Frimpong should be given the chance to show what he can do.
The young defensive midfielder recently announced that he has no desire to leave the North London club stating on his Twitter account:
‘Arsenal FC is pumping through my veins, I will never leave Arsenal even if I get released I will beg on both knees to stay they’re going to have to escort me out.’
In my opinion, we cannot write this player off before he has had a chance to really prove himself to Wenger and the fans, and I for one really hope that Frimpong is allowed to do this before any decision on his future is made. He has come back from injury with Arsenal on his mind, and I think his passion and dedication for the club should be rewarded with at least a season to see how he develops.
If he blows his chance then Wenger has every right to sell him. However, I believe he has the ability to succeed, but as stated before, he must be given a real chance at the club.
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