Emmanuel Frimpong is hoping to follow in the footsteps of Alex Song and use a loan spell at Charlton to propel him into first team action at Arsenal.
The Cameroonian spent the second half the 2006-7 season at the Valley, making 12 appearances, before returning to Arsenal a more confident player. And Frimpong wants both to help his new club and use the playing time to increase his chances of making it at the club he’s been at since he was a kid.
Speaking to the official Charlton website, he said, “Hopefully I can follow in Alex’s footsteps. He came here when Charlton were in the Premier League and he did very well to help the team. He improved his game and that is why after he left he went to play in the Arsenal first team. Hopefully I can follow in his footsteps and do the same thing.
“I’m very happy to be here. I know Charlton is a good club which has been in the Premier League for a number of years,” he said. “At the moment they are in the Championship, but I am just here to get playing and help the team push up the table.
“Training has been very good. There have been loads of games and the lads are just enjoying the training, which is nice to see. Everyone is competing to play on the weekend.
“All of the lads have been very nice to me since I’ve been here. They have made me very welcome and it is nice for them to welcome me to the group. Hopefully I can help them as a team by doing well on the pitch.
“The whole reason why I’m here is to play games. I have been injured and for me to come back and play straight away in the Arsenal team is a big ask. The manager just told me to come here, play a few games until January and see what happens. ”
You do get the sense the injuries have really had a negative impact and Frimpong will really need to have a big impact to convince Arsene Wenger he’s ready for Arsenal.
Good luck to him.