Arsenal on loan midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong could find himself in white again next season as Fulham look to secure his signature this summer as part of a Bosman free transfer.
The combative midfielder has been with the Gunners since age nine and always looked like a potential first team regular until two successive long term cruciate ligament injuries hampered his development. Fellow academy graduate Jack Wilshere, who was classed as a similar talent to Frimpong, went on to establish himself as a star for the future however his friend has somewhat left him behind.
Loan spells with Wolves (although cut short due to injury) and now Fulham are a bid to resurrect his Arsenal career as no new deal has yet been offered to the talented youngster with his current terms ending this summer.
Martin Jol is eager to bring the Ghanian born midfielder back next season, however only if he can avoid paying a substantial transfer fee which may well be the case if a new deal with Arsenal fails to eventuate.
The Fulham manager told Skysport:
He is on loan at the moment and it would be quite expensive to take him (permanently), but if there was an opportunity to take him on loan again, I would probably do that.
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It is quite a nice position to be in, to get a loan player you don’t have to pay a transfer fee. It is a good way of doing things.
[on his previous ill-discipline] We spoke about (discipline).
In my day you could tackle, but now you have to stay on your feet.
I was impressed with him from the start. Two years ago I saw him and he is the type of player you would like as a manger because he is versatile and he has got this mentality.
But he can play as well, he is an Arsenal player. He is one of the few players who has been at Arsenal since a young age.
I think Sunderland away would suit him. His fitness is getting better and better. He did well when he played for us against Norwich. He is fully fit now so I can play him from the start if I want to.
It would be a shame to see a bright star leave for free after spending so long at the club, however if he is just not Arsenal material then that will be that. Arsene Wenger has always rated Frimpong highly so perhaps Jol’s expectation that the 21-year-old will be a Gunner next season may be related to the probability of a contract extension depending on how his loan move pans out.
If the combative midfielder performs well at Fulham for the remainder of the season then there is no reason that he shouldn’t extend his stay with the Gunners and provide options for the defensive midfielder role. He just requires more experience in the top flight in which he certainly is getting and Arsenal desperately need some midfield brute in their squad. What are your thoughts about the long standing Gooner extending his contract with the club? Feel free to comment below..