Frimpong: I told Fletcher to join Arsenal

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Emmanuel Frimpong has shed light on his short spell with Wolverhampton Wanderers and revealed that he was so impressed with Scottish striker Steven Fletcher that he suggested the 24-year-old join Arsenal.

Despite having his time at Molineux cruelly cut short by a cruciate knee ligament injury, the second time he’s suffered such a problem, the Ghanaian enforcer also spoke in admiring terms about the attitude and spirit within the Wolves set-up.

“I think Steven Fletcher is a good player, I told him to come to Arsenal!” Frimpong told the Arsenal official matchday programme of a player who has scored ten goals this term.

“Stephen Ward at left-back isn’t bad either. They’ve got decent players, and the thing about them is that everyone works so hard.

“They base everything around work – people there even told me they haven’t got the ability of some of the teams in the Premier League and need to make up for that by working hard and I think that’s the right attitude.”

Reflecting fondly on his period away from Arsenal, Frimpong hinted that he could one day return if another loan spell was deemed necessary: “As a footballer you sometimes have to make decisions, and I think going to Wolves was probably the best thing I could have done.

“They may not have been doing too well, but the manager [recently departed Mick McCarthy] was very good to me – I think it’s very important to go to a manager who likes you, and he showed belief in me.

“He put me in the team, and I’m just happy that I was able to do him proud on the pitch. I had a great time, and if I come back from injury and need some games then I’d be happy to go back there.”

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Anon
Anon

Fletcher ain’t half bad. And he’s not English.

But while we’ve still got Chamakh and Park, Fletcher is a crazy name to throw around, though I wouldn’t mind seeing him in red and white, but wouldn’t kill for him to wear the colours.

Jermaine Pedant
Jermaine Pedant

Get well soon, Frimmers!

Craig

Fletcher would be a decent signing as a backup to RVP but I’m not sure he’d want to be backup. Couldn’t see the guy starting for us.

Jasonissimo
Jasonissimo

That’s the thing, though. With our current set-up, any striker in world football would have to expect to be back-up to RvP with the kind of class he has in the form he’s in. That goes equally for Podolski, et al.

We can’t in one collective breath dismiss the possibility of Steven Fletcher coming to Arsenal to be RvP’s understudy as beneath the Wolves man, and then in the next breath vent our frustration that Wenger hasn’t brought in German International Lucas Podolski, or some other high-profile player to bolster our attack.

northerngoon
northerngoon

Spot on mate, the other thing is Robin won’t be around forever and who better for a young guy to learn from? He’s a good guy personally from what I’m told.

Bob
Bob

Any decent backup to RVP would reaslistically have to be able to play on the wings as well as spearheading the line. That way we could bring in someone good and still promise them game-time across the front three, as most of the strikers willing to not play most games I would tend to pass on., since we want our signings to lift the team quality, not just make up the numbers (wow that was a long sentence! ;)) Anyone want to throw any names into the hat that fit the bill?

Obviously Podolski seems a good shout, as Jasonissimo says, since he can play very well on the left wing too. Any others?

kunzeboom
kunzeboom

dunno about fletcher, watched him a few times when he played for hibs & he didn’t really impress me eventhough he was considered their best player at the time. then again, you’d rather have a striker who plays ok than one who doesn’t play at all..

Jasonissimo
Jasonissimo

Mind you, I’m not suggesting Fletcher is a viable possibility, nor am I suggesting Podolski is. I merely wish to make the point that we can agree that we need a productive option to RvP. Anyone we are going to get is going to be a back-up. That mantle is either beneath a player or it isn’t. If we would give a guy like Fletcher a pass because he’s not likely to want to play understudy, how to we expect to attract a signing of “super-quality” for the same job?

There are fixed options to solving our problem. I see them, roughly, as 1) buy someone of relatively cheaper quality, knowing they aren’t as good, 2) buy cheaper for a riskier option (call it the “youth approach”), or 3) buy a more expensive, high-quality player.

I think Park is option (1). Chamakh is/was option (2) [Note: he could’ve been the forward version of Kos, it just hasn’t turned out that way. It initially seemed like it would, though.] Bendtner definitely was option (2).

Podolski, as another example, would be option (3). But the trick of it is, the better quality someone fitting option 3 is, the more they will (justifiably) think they should be getting chances. This is especially true where they want to earn international caps. That desire is hard to satisfy on a regular basis without both deep cup runs and deep pockets. More games necessitates squad rotation. And you generally have a pay a little bit over the odds if you expect a guy to be sitting most of the time, because if the money is equal, he’d rather play, too. Man City and Chelsea have shown this to be generally true.

A fourth option might be a player would could operate either as a false 9 or a winger, as Bob suggests. That versatility could earn him more minutes. Possibly that describes Podolski, who like RvP played out wide earlier in his career. Besides him, I don’t know who we could get. As far as fitting the bill, there’s one or two guys who play for this team in Barcelona. Maybe you’re familiar with them… Who else might serve our purpose is beyond me. (Theo, you can put your hand down.)

Goontang
Goontang

Bob is spot on. i was actually about to write the same thing saying any back up striker we get would need to be able to play on the wing as well. otherwise they will end up fading away from lack of game time like Chamakh or Park. Thats why Bendtner managed to get alot more games then these two, because he could actually adapt and play out wide.

Lukas Podolski, perfect example.

Dan Gardener

It does sound crazy but I wouldn’t mind seeing him as back up, rather him than Chamakh at least!

Dan Gardener

HE IS 24?!

WHAT DID HE DO IN A PAST LIFE?!

Runcorn Gooner
Runcorn Gooner

Got to agree he looks at least 5-2.

It is what it is
It is what it is

10 people have the same Benjamin Button syndrome……..or, are just balding

Fatgooner
Fatgooner

Bit late to sign a player now, isn’t it?

I’ll be watching the England v Holland game with a feeling of profound trepidation. Not because I care about the result (international football just doesn’t interest me) but I’ll be praying that our Dutch master doesn’t pick up an injury.

The thought of Chamakh or Park leading our line plunges me into deep depression. Let’s just hope that RvP can hang on for a couple of months more.

Anon
Anon

What has Park ever done on the pitch that depresses you greatly?

thaatarsenalguy
thaatarsenalguy

Nothing, that’s the point

Nick
Nick

I’d reserve judgement until he’s given his time to show what he can do.
I’m convinced he can provide us goals if Arsene will finally play him!

Fatgooner
Fatgooner

What’s the name of your psychiatrist, Nick?

Frog
Frog

Neverind psychiatrist, who’s your pharmacist ?

Jasonissimo
Jasonissimo

Rhetorical Question: what has your comment got to do with Steven Fletcher, Emanuel Frimpong, or Wolverhampton?

Can’t pass on any opening to criticize the club or the manager and bring the mood down, can you, even if you have to shoehorn your comment in.

Fatgooner
Fatgooner

Actually, Mr Gazidis, I was making a positive comment. I was hoping that our only decent striker would stay fit until the end of the season and thereby give us a chance of finishing fourth.

I know that you have to defend the hopeless mismanagement of the club over the last three years, it’s your job, but you are getting a bit touchy.

And by the way: Steven Fletcher is not the answer to our problems. Even if RvP stays, we will need a top-quality second striker to back him up, not an average, relegation-fighting journeyman or hopeless rubbish like Chamakh and Park. We should waste eight million quid’s worth of season tickets on something better.

Jasonissimo
Jasonissimo

“Bit late to sign a player now, isn’t it?”

“The thought of Chamakh or Park leading our line plunges me into deep depression.”

“… the hopeless mismanagement of the club over the last three years,”

“Even if RvP stays, we will need a top-quality second striker to back him up, not an average, relegation-fighting journeyman or hopeless rubbish like Chamakh and Park. We should waste eight million quid’s worth of season tickets on something better.”

Your “positive comment” defense is not believable. (And for the record, no one except Emanuel Frimpong has suggested Arsenal sign Fletcher. Another straw man propped up so you can take another swipe at your bogeymen.)

“Mr. Gazidis” Haha, and you called me touchy. Your harp-on-the-grey-lining-of-every-silver-cloud schtick is played out. Your attempts at positive comments and posts you masquerade as valid criticisms are disingenuous _at best_. Even though you don’t seem to be able to help yourself, do try to give it a rest.

Cygan's Left Foot
Cygan's Left Foot

Jasonissimo,

Your kind of supporters is what is wrong with this club and let us waste 130 million pounds of wages in rubbish and the team keeps sliding down the table and still you see everything rosey.

You support the board and the manager more than the team, even the biggest Arsene’s blinkered can see what is wrong and you don’t. Wake up and start knowing your football and stop your blind faith.

Jasonissimo
Jasonissimo

“Your kind of supporters is what is wrong with this club”

You won’t be surprised to hear I like to think the opposite is true, actually.

“let us waste 130 million pounds”

I’ve let who do what now? Stay with reality.

“the team keeps sliding down the table”

As of writing, we are exactly where we we finished last season.

“You support the board and the manager more than the team.”

Not true, and a statement made without any basis whatsoever. I do support Wenger and the players. I am also cognizant of the realities the Board and executives will be facing, and I’m willing to give them some time.

“even the biggest Arsene’s blinkered can see what is wrong…”

There’s much debate about what is actually wrong in fact. It’s no secret you think it’s the Manager. In the main, I disagree with that assessment.

“and you don’t.”

Again, we just disagree.

“Wake up and start knowing your football…”

You’re the one dreaming if you imagine you know more about the sport than me. Recognize I wouldn’t make that boast for anyone, but you’re mouth is writing checks…

“stop your blind faith.”

More of your incessant ad hominem. Anyone who disagrees with you is written off as a “blind follower.” If you think about it, you’ll realize that sort of talk has never really accomplished anything for you.

Naija Gunner
Naija Gunner

Mmmmmmmm! We’ll hope for the best as regards to RVP.

thaatarsenalguy
thaatarsenalguy

To be fair , I don’t think fletcher starts every match forb wolves so bench warming for Arsenal sure beats doing the same for wolves

John
John

Fletcher would be a far better back-up striker than Chamakh & Park.

Justafa

Frimpong doing some scouting business while he is injured? Man you got to love him!

zafar8787
zafar8787

Fletcher is just 24!!?? Bloody hell he is as bald as a 34 year old bloke. Sign him up Arsene! Especially if Wolves are relegated. Sure to be better than Park if not Chamakh (hehehe)

Cygan's Left Foot
Cygan's Left Foot

I am better than Park and Chamakh, I love the Arsenal, I will play for bed and breakfast money and NEVER in the RED.

All I need is to lose two/three stones and do few miles every morning till the summer and I will be up to scratch for preseason.

He should sign me too.

Franky Knuckles McGuire
Franky Knuckles McGuire

we should of took saha when we had the chance imo ! Fletch would be a great back up striker who has already proved him self in the PL if he can score 10 with wolves he will do well as he wilkl have better service and have more chances created for him . hope wolves get relegated and we get him on the cheap !

northerngoon
northerngoon

I’m glad someone with a footballing background has said this because when I watched him play for Burnley its exactly what I said as well. His vision and finishing is excellent.

the only sam is nelson
the only sam is nelson

we’ll probably get done by the FA for tapping up now, after agent Dean failed on Sunday to fuck us over

african gooner
african gooner

Lets sign him up if he would score 100 goals against sp*rs and make sandro lose his dentition.

Titty Bar Barry

That’s it mate, tap up their players Barca style!

Dragonborn
Dragonborn

“They base everything around work ”

Fucking genuis is frimpong. And stop licking Adebayors ass please frimmers.

Dragonborn
Dragonborn

And maybe we should treat this type of tapping up as we did with Xavi the cunt.

And Fletcher can stay where he is pls. Good job Frmpong aint the head scout.

truj
truj

disgusting tapping up

Jasonissimo
Jasonissimo

It’s excusable if Fletcher has “Arsenal DNA.” Them’s the rules! Right, UEFA? (fukkers.)

Artetics
Artetics

I like this comment of all. It applied to everyone of us who wants to succeed in life.

“…They’ve got decent players, and the thing about them is that everyone works so hard.

“They base everything around work – people there even told me they haven’t got the ability of some of the teams in the Premier League and need to make up for that by working hard and I think that’s the right attitude.”

gunner17
gunner17

wenger’s not going to buy a player on frimpong’s recommendation, so this won’t happen.

but i don’t like the snobby reaction to the idea of signing a scottish wolves player.

i’ve rated fletcher for a few seasons now, i definitely think he could do a job for us.

Abusufyan

We need a striker that can score like Robin Vanpersie again, not Fletcher cause i don’t think he is Good Scorer

Trevor Hickman

Mick McCarthy would be a fantastic Arsenal manager – he really deserves a chance at a bigger club. He’s proved his worth at Wolves and Arsenal would go from strength to strength under him.

A.N Other Wolf.
A.N Other Wolf.

This thread is on our forum. Got to say Frimpong is just amazing. As prem strugglers having that sort of class in our midfield, it just shows us what we need to succeed. It probably also highlights the strength of youth coming through at Arsenal. You really should keep the faith with Arsene but I’m not here to comment on how you run your own house. I hate it when other supporters tell me.
Re: Fletcher. I do find it hard to comprehend how some fans can think Fletcher isn’t good enough for a top 4 club. His movement, vision, skill and finishing is of the highest quality. It’s always been a source of bewilderment to us why McCarthy didn’t pick him more. The only reason I can think of was MM’s insistence of playing 451 with Doyle as the lone striker. However, with Doyles loss of form this season and McCarthys gritty reluctance to use Fletch until it was absolutely necessary, well it was just baffling. We’d be gutted if he left but players like to win stuff. That’s why he’ll be off to Liverpool.
Can we have Manny back next year?