Emmanuel Frimpong has spoken of his delight at his return from injury after playing the last 20 minutes of Arsenal COC win over Coventry.
The Ghanaian midfielder received a rousing reception from the Emirates crowd when he came on in place of Francis Coquelin, but had little to do as Arsene Wenger’s side strolled to a comfortable 6-1 victory.
“It feels good to be back after so much hard work in the gym, and I’m just pleased to be playing football again,” he told Arsenal Player.
“I’m a footballer, all I want to do is get out there and help my team, whether I am fit enough to play or fit enough to be in the squad. I just want to be out there with the lads and helping Arsenal progress.
“[The crowd’s reaction] makes me feel good obviously and shows that the fans appreciate me here. That is always a nice gesture and I am just happy that I went on to help the team win the game.”
Arsene Wenger confirmed this morning that Frimpong would continue his recovery alongside Jack Wilshere on Monday, with both players due to feature for the Reserves at West Bromwich Albion.
“Frimpong had two knee injuries, Jack had two setbacks. It is massive for them to come back and for us as well.
“When you are at that age and are out for such a long time, it is absolutely massive to take for him [Wilshere] and Frimpong.”
Frimpong certainly has his work cut out if he’s to force his way into the starting line-up. With the likes of Mikel Arteta and Francis Coquelin ahead of him in the defensive midfield pecking order it may not be surprising to see the 20-year-old loaned out for a second time in the New Year.
Obviously that will depend on the state of the squad at the time, but he’s still a little raw and playing time is a necessity.
All the same, it’s good to have him back where he can let his football, rather than his tweeting fingers do the talking.