After seven months on the sideline with a serious knee injury, Emmanuel Frimpong is ready to return to first team action, and is likely to feature in tonight’s Capital One Cup tie against Reading. The midfielder made an impressive start to his Wolves stint before suffering knee ligament damage.
This is not the first time the Ghanaian has had this problem. Back in 2010 – 2011 he suffered a similar fate and was out of action for a prolonged period of time. Therefore with two knee injuries in two years, what does the future hold for Frimpong?
He has admitted himself that he is not quite ready for the Arsenal first team and is prepared to spend more time out on loan to regain his match fitness and sharpness.
“I still don’t think I am 100 per cent right. I don’t want to push myself if I’m not ready – I don’t think I am ready for the Arsenal first-team yet,” he said.
However, with his previous problems, will Frimpong flourish in to the player we all hope or will he continue to be blighted by these injuries. It is a case of what if just like with Abou Diaby. Frimpong has the tenacity, passion and desire that could lead to him becoming a great player.
Though hot-headed at times, who better to develop under than Arsene Wenger. When fit he has that sharpness and explosiveness that is required. Though he may not possess the flair of those around him, he would definitely add the bite that the Arsenal midfield needs. But reliability in an issue. With his long-term fitness unclear, so is his Arsenal future.
It is likely that he will be sent out on loan this January to regain his fitness. However, if a club were to come in for his services, would Arsene consider off-loading him? I think not. Frimpong has the attributes to be a success. Fingers crossed he stays injury-free and continues on the road to stardom.