Gunners combative midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong has suggested he wants to spend the entire of promising career at the Emirates and admits Chelsea winning the Champions League was gut-wrenching as he hoped the Gunners would be the first London side to win the illustrious trophy.
The Ghanian is currently sidelined after suffering his second cruciate knee ligament injury in as many seasons and will not return to action until at least September. He maintains that his future is with the Gunners, but is still interested in another loan spell after a successful, but limited experience with Wolves due to his unfortunate injury.
He told Goal.com of his displease towards Chelsea winning the Champions League:
It was probably the worst Saturday I’ve had in a very long time.
I wanted Arsenal to be the first London team to win the Champions League, but obviously it wasn’t meant to be. Congratulations to Chelsea, and hopefully they enjoy their moment.
I want to spend my entire career at Arsenal, that’s what I want to do. If it works out at like that, that’s fine. If it doesn’t, well obviously I’ll carry on my career.
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I’m like three or four months away from playing. I think probably September. I don’t know what’s going to be happening at the moment. If the loan move comes then I’ll take it, but if I’m going to stay at Arsenal then yeah, I’d love to play at Arsenal.
People at Wolves were very lovely to me. I seemed to get on well with the fans, and they were good to me. So I’d love to go back there one day and help the team.
I’m three or four months away from playing. I think probably September.
I remember at the start of the season, Wenger was getting a lot of stick, and people were even saying that Arsenal should let him go, but I feel he’s done really well to get the team to finish third, especially above Tottenham.
We didn’t win anything this season which is a shame, but hopefully next season we can do something better.
Frimpong, the CO-CEO of Dench T-shirts, has been very unfortunate as he suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury to his other leg prior to the start of the 2010/11 campaign and he was tipped to be in the same mold ability-wise to Jack Wilshere. The Englishman went on to take his chance and had a stellar campaign that season, however he too was then ruled out with a cruel injurythis season.
The luck of Arsenal’s youngsters is pretty appalling in terms of injuries. Look at Fabregas, when he was with us he continually battled with hamstring injuries, and Ramsey with his horrific legbreak. But hopefully Frimpong can overcome his latest setback and be available for selection early on in the season. He’s a quality, physical footballer that is the Gunners long-term successor to Alex Song, and himself and Coquelin can provide plenty of depth in the defensive midfielder department.
But ideally when Frimpong is fully fit he should go out on loan for a season, preferably in the Premiership to gain more first team experience so he can then return a more developed player such as Wilshere did after his loan spell with Bolton.
It is very encouraging to hear the 20-year-old commit his future to the Gunners cause, as much like Wilshere, they will be first-team regulars for years to come and can provide a strong backbone for the squad to develop on. In the words of Frimpong, that’s pretty DEEENCH!
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