Former Gunner Emmanuel Frimpong has announced his retirement from football at the age of 27.
In a statement this evening, the midfielder revealed persistent knee problems have brought about the decision to step away from the game.
He said via his Twitter account (caps his):
IS WITH GREAT SADNESS I HAVE DECIDED TO RETIRE FROM PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL.
I have had problems with my knee for the last five years or so and have got back playing at professional level.
But since November 2017 I haven’t been in action as I had a tear in my knee ligament I decided with my own will that I will not opt for operation since I was not enjoying football through playing through pain.
I would love to thank All the clubs I have represented ARSENAL WOLVES CHARLTON BARNSLEY FULHAM UFA AFC ESKILSTUNA AND ERMIS FOR THE LOVE AND SUPPORT THEY HAVE GIVEN AND TO THE FANS WHO ALWAYS SUPPORTED ME.
THANK YOU AND LETS SEE WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS. SPENDING TIME WITH MY DAUGHTER AND FAMILY THE LAST YEAR HAS MADE ME REALISE IM BLESSED.
Frimpong made a total of 16 first team appearances for the club, scoring one goal, picking up one red card, and scaring the living piss out of Samir Nasri on one occasion.
We wish him all the best with his post-football endeavours.