Will Frimpong Ever Make It At Arsenal? by AH
Today it was announced that Emmanuel Frimpong will be joining the Championship side Charlton Athletic. Frimpong has been in and around the Arsenal first team squad for a few years now, with injures hampering his progress at the club.
Last season, the defensive midfielder went on loan to join then Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers until the end of the season. However he became injured after only 5 games at Wolves and he returned to Arsenal with a ruptured cruciate ligament, which ruled him out for the remainder of the season.
Frimpong now joins Charlton in order to gain regular playing time as well as experience. It was reported that Wolves were also interested in making a second approach for the Ghanaian; however concerns over his fitness, paved way for a move to London based Charlton.
But will he ever make it at Arsenal? I spoke about this topic last season and then I didn’t believe he could make it at Arsenal for a number of reasons. We already had Song and Coquelin, who I believed could control the 2 CM roles for at least the next 5 years. However now after Alex Song’s departure to Barcelona, suddenly we find ourselves with only 2 real defensive midfielders, in Francis Coquelin and Emmanuel Frimpong. Both are inexperienced and have a lot to show in areas of improvement.
The formation that we currently play, 4-2-1-3, has a vital role for a defensive minded midfielder. At the moment the player in that role rotates between Mikel Arteta and Jack Wilshere. Both are very attack minded players, however with the qualities they possess they have been able to provide and perform very well in their adaptation to the position.
For me Coquelin is a type of player who can definitely make it at a club like Arsenal, Frimpong’s situation on the other hand is a little more sketchy. He was sent off on his full premier league debut, in a 2-0 loss to Liverpool last season, showing that he has a bit of an attitude, as well as his behaviour off the pitch. For me Frimpong also hasn’t shown the same qualities that many players have at the breakthrough stage and being 20 I think his time is running out to make a great impression.
It will be a shame because like Wilshere and Jenkinson, he is an Arsenal fan through and through and it would be great to have a team with players who wanted Arsenal to win as much as the fans do. However sadly I cannot see Frimpong making it as a regular first team player at the Emirates.