Emmanuel Frimpong announces retirement from football

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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.

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Shingies
Shingies

DENCH!

Mesut O'Neill
Mesut O'Neill

“Soft with the ladies, Hard with the men”

Classic Frimpong

indiegooner
indiegooner

Erm.. I do have a dirty mind.

Ben
Ben

😂

Gana
Gana

I remember the Wilshere and Frimpong debut.
Big promises, never lived up to it. 🙁

Aaron
Aaron

The debut of ANKLE and KNEE it had become. Sad stories indeed.

Bendtnerschristmastree
Bendtnerschristmastree

LOOK WHAT WE MADE HIM DO 2NITE!!

Red-Wing
Red-Wing

However funny that is, and I did have a little laugh, a forced retirement due to health reasons is never good news.

Wish him well for the future.

Red-Wing
Red-Wing

*your comment, of course

Zakgooner
Zakgooner

Why? Incase Frimpong gets upset by the comment and stops reading arseblog news?

Lighten up!

Grumbleduke
Grumbleduke

Top top gunner! Dench! All the best for his future.

Wilsheres Middle Finger
Wilsheres Middle Finger

First we lose to Rennes and now this. It’s a dark dark day to be a Gunner. Dench.

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

I love Frimpong. Had he stayed with Arsenal lot of opposition players would have faked illness the day before games against Arsenal to keep their knees healthy.

Parlour’s Pay Packet
Parlour’s Pay Packet

I remember at the time he and Jack broke into the team, he was tipped to be the bigger talent. He then picked up a serious knee injury and Jack kicked on. Shame they were both plagued by injuries but in truth I’m not sure Frimpong had the mentality to be a true top level player.

The Limp Bar
The Limp Bar

Will always have a soft spot for Frimpong.

But seriously who said Frimpong would be the bigger talent? Everyone went crazy (rightly) for Jack in that youth team!

Wilsheres Middle Finger
Wilsheres Middle Finger

I agree RE: mentality. I think it was the social media stardom and clothing brand side job that stunted his career as much as the injuries.

Aaron
Aaron

Lol, who tipped him to be the bigger TALENT? Our very own DEGSY?

ODB
ODB

I love Frimpong but I think it’s safe to say Jack was always seen as the bigger talent. Best player in that group.

Santori
Santori

DENCH!

Sad news with the injury forced retirement.

Hope he keeps his earlier fashion career going. Speak to Hector.

Mrnkrm
Mrnkrm

Leave it yea

George
George

Christ he was annoying and never looked likely to me.

Ben
Ben

Frimpong genuinely added something worth enjoying to my life. A bit like Eboue.
For that reason, I’m really glad he was a gunner, and I wish him all the best.