Emmanuel Frimpong (who yesterday signed for Charlton on loan) has acquired himself quite a fan base. The sensationalization of his catchphrase, ‘Dench’, paired with his outspoken nature, has propelled Frimpong into footballing stardom. Soccer AM can’t get enough, and he even boasts 500,000 followers on Twitter.
You may then, be surprised to know, that Emannuel Frimpong has started for the Gunners on just ten occasions.
It’s true that the Ghanian has suffered from numerous long-term injuries, as well as a previous loan spell at Wolves. However, the question is well and truly unanswered. Does Frimpong have a future at Arsenal?
[title]Love Can’t Save Us All[/title]
If there is one thing for sure, it’s that Frimpong really does love the club. Much like Jack Wilshere, Frimpong has come through the ranks of the Arsenal academy. His passion for the club is evidently reflected in his attitude on the pitch. However, is that really enough to cement a future at a club like Arsenal?[quote_right]”Currently, Arteta & Coquelin stand firmly between Frimpong and the starting eleven, and I can’t see that changing anytime soon.”[/quote_right]
I know many people who love Arsenal. In fact, I myself happen to be a life-long supporter. But that doesn’t mean Wenger should stick me up front.
Despite the departure of Alex Song, Frimpong faces stern competition for a place in the first eleven. This season, Mikel Arteta has stepped into a defensive role quite comfortably, and Francis Coquelin has done nothing but impress when given a chance in front of the back four.
There is no doubt that Frimpong is a good player. He certainly impressed in the 2011/2012 campaign, where he made the majority of his appearances for Arsenal. However, the fact remains that there are players at the club who can do his job far better. Currently, Arteta & Coquelin stand firmly between Frimpong and the starting eleven, and I can’t see that changing anytime soon.
Frimpong may well love Arsenal more than Coquelin & Arteta. We know for sure that he’d play with more heart than both of them put together. But the reality is, he’ll need more than just that to trump his able colleagues.
[title]Less Tweeting, More Grafting[/title]
If you ask me, Emmanuel Frimpong has a hard task ahead of him. A hard task which is also a golden opportunity. Arsene Wenger quite clearly sees potential in him, as loan spells for youngsters generally mean good things at Arsenal. Alex Song & Jack Wilshere both benefitted from short-term moves away, it’s now up to Frimpong to prove his worth.[quote_left]”Does Emmanuel Frimpong have the potential? Yes. Does he have the focus? I hope so.”[/quote_left]
Frimpong needs to take a leaf out of Jack Wilshere’s book, and fortify his love for the club with hard graft. If he can manage that, he’ll quickly become a fan favourite, and thus, a manager favourite.
It’s time for Emmanuel Frimpong to stop worrying about Twitter, and start worrying about his career.
Having just signed for Charlton on a three-month loan, He’ll need to hit the ground running and put in some stellar performances. The Championship side currently sit in 14th in the table. Frimpong should aim to solidify their midfield and protect their shaky defence. He need not become another ‘free-roaming’ defensive midfield like Alex Song. But above all, he should stand out.
Does Emmanuel Frimpong have the potential? Yes. Does he have the focus? I hope so.
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