Martin Jol may look to make the loan of Emmanuel Frimpong permanent this summer if he remains fit this season and plays a part in the London sides final matches.
The youngster is out of contract with the Gunners this summer after spending twelve years with the North London side, and with no talk of a new deal the Ghanian midfielder may be forced to move on.
Frimpong has had his development over the past few seasons decimated by injury, suffering two nasty ACL injuries, and was farmed out to Fulham in January to gain valuable first team experience.
He has only started once since moving but has featured four times from the bench, though his lack of involvement is mainly down to the performances from fellow loanee Eyong Enoh.
Jol has praised Frimpong as he feels the combative midfielder has a very bright future ahead of him, and has indicated that he may look to make a permanent move this summer.
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The Dutch manager revealed ahead of the Arsenal match tomorrow:
Frimpong is a young player and was a very good option for us.
We needed midfield players and then one day before the transfer window closed I had the opportunity to get [Eyong] Enoh, who I knew of course.
I’m happy Frimpong’s here and he’s played his part. When we took him everyone was very positive about him.
He’s a little warrior, but he’s very young. I feel he’s got a good future ahead of him.
There have been no talks yet because the season isn’t finished. Hopefully he will stay fit and I’m certain he will play a part for us, then afterwards we can make an assessment.
It would be a shame to loose the Ghanian international after such a long spell with the Gunners, he’s extremely committed and is very talented but has had an injury plagued senior career.
His performances when given a run in the first team have been decent and with Wenger requiring some midfield brute it was always though Frimpong would be the answer. However if he is struggling to break into the Fulham side how is he expected to be a regular feature in the Arsenal lineup?
It seems strange that Wenger would allow such a talented young player to leave for free after heavy investment in the player over the years, but if he is not up to scratch then perhaps he is not worth hanging on to.