Arsene Wenger is ready to unleash Emmanuel ‘#DENCH’ Frimpong in the COC this evening as the midfield enforcer steps up his rehabilitation from a second cruciate knee ligament injury.
Despite spending two prolonged spells on the sidelines in the last couple of seasons, Arsene Wenger believes his Academy graduate is fitter than ever and will soon be challenging for a first team spot again.
Speaking to Arsenal Player, the boss confirmed that the 20-year-old would play some part against Coventry this evening:
“The good news is that Frimpong will be on the bench, and if possible, we will put him on.
“It’s a big moment because he has suffered for a long time and has worked extremely hard, like Jack [Wilshere].
“Once you’re back, you want so much a chance to be involved. So I want to give him a chance to be involved at least. Physically Emmanuel has never been as fit as he is now. That should come out in the next two months.
“You need matches and certainly he will be involved when we play at West Brom [on Monday, October 1] with the under-21s. He’s a competitive boy and a fighter. Of course this type of player always wants to be involved.”
Not short on personality, Frimpong certainly has the enthusiasm and raw ability to make it at the highest level.
A cross between B.A Baracus and Roy Keane, he’s had no problem cultivating an image both on and off the pitch as something of an unhinged midfield assassin.
It wasn’t massively surprising to see him get sent off against Liverpool in his first start at the beginning of last season and we all had a chuckle at the way he blew kisses at the Spurs fans after they’d booed him off the pitch while on loan with Wolves.
Fingers crossed the COC proves a useful outlet for him to hone his talents and offers him a chance to stake his claim for a first team place.
Full Squad for tonight
11 Andre Santos
12 Olivier Giroud
14 Theo Walcott
15 Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
18 Sebastien Squillaci
20 Johan Djourou
22 Francis Coquelin
23 Andrey Arshavin
26 Emmanuel Frimpong
29 Marouane Chamakh
36 Damian Martinez
38 Martin Angha
40 Hector Bellerin
46 Thomas Eisfeld
47 Serge Gnabry
54 Ignasi Miquel
60 James Shea
64 Nico Yennaris