Having ruptured his cruciate ligament while out on loan at Wolves last season, Emmanuel Frimpong missed out on the developmental football Arsene Wenger wanted him to benefit from.
Now fit again, and set to start in tonight’s game against Reading, the midfielder is aware that competition for places is high and that he might be better off going on loan again.
Quoted in today’s Mirror, Frimpong said, “I still don’t think I am 100 per cent right.
“I don’t want to push myself if I’m not ready – I don’t think I am ready for the Arsenal first-team yet.”
It’s rare to see such honesty from a footballer but he knows he’d be far better off playing regularly elsewhere than in bits and bobs for Arsenal.
There has been speculation that he could return to Wolves where he became a real fan favourite, especially after he flattened dirty spud Rafael van der Vaart with one swift belt of a football.
There are those who would like to see the no-nonsense midfielder on the bench for Saturday’s game against Man United in the hope that he might come on and Frimpong van Persie right in his egregiously traitorous Frimpong, but it’s more likely the manager will pick the team on footballing merits.