The Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong returned to training earlier than Jack Wilshere after his 7 month layoff with a broken leg, and has played in more reserve games that the young English international, but he is adamant that he is still not yet ready to be thrown into the Gunners first-team just yet.
He said: “I still don’t believe I am 100 per cent right – obviously I am playing but I don’t think I am ready for the first team yet,”
“I still need two more 90-minute games for the Arsenal reserves, then I will be fine.
“It is difficult when you play for the under-21s, because even though you’re playing for points it is still not as competitive as a first-team game. The pressure is totally different.
“But coming back from a nine-month injury, I just have to make sure that when I come back into the team, I am right and ready. I don’t want to push myself if I am not ready.
“Once you keep playing you build up your confidence and everything falls back into place. But I am sure that when the time is right and I am called upon, I will do a good job for the team.”
There is no doubt that Frimpong has the qualities you need when you come up against battling teams like Stoke or Norwich, but I guess he always seems to give everything when he is given a chance in the starting XI, so maybe he does need to be a little fitter than Wilshere before he returns to the first-team……..