The Emmanuel Frimpong Story
July 28, 2010
All football fans, across the planet, love a player in their team who does nothing but terrorise the opposition, literally bully the life out them.
Harass the opponent, chase him down, force a mistake… and if all else fails, smash him to the ground.
In 18-year-old Frimpong, we have a cast iron certainty of a future fans favourite, the kid is 100% assured to be the dominant midfielder in our team for years to come.
Unless Wenger reverts to the now fashionable 4-2-3-1 formation, which deploys two defensive midfielders, I can only see a future for Alex Song at centre back, as this kid is 100% shit hot and will be certain for the first eleven before the new season is out.
If you could computer generate an ideal defensive midfielder, you would want him to be a complete human pit bull, squat, fast, hard as nails, fearless, tough tackling, endless stamina, never say die attitude, get the ball back for your team or worst case rip the opponents ankle to shreds… well you would in fact be creating Emmanuel Frimpong.
He has been on Arsenal’s books since 2003, joining up at the tender age of 11, born and raised in Ghana, where he spent the first 9 years of his life, then subsequently placed behind enemy lines in North London… Tottenham.
Frimpong went on to captain the England u18s, having played at most youth levels for this country, unfortunately for his adopted country, he decided in early 2010 that he would now not accept any more call ups for England, instead focusing on an international career with his motherland, Ghana.
Fair play, and as the lad says “I respect what this country has done for me and my family, but I am Ghanaian”
Respect to the roots!
The lad also appears to have his head firmly screwed on, work ethic is certainly in those roots..
“Obviously in the last couple of years Alex has showed everyone what he can do. He went on loan to Charlton and came back stronger. Everyone wondered if he would be a good player for Arsenal, whether he would establish himself in the first team, and I think he has proved that. He is playing really well at the moment. That’s what I want to be doing in a few years”
Alex now needs to step it up, otherwise his young African buddy will surpass him.
Maybe the unit of Song and Frimpong bulldozing in front of the back four, with super attacking full-backs overlapping down either flank, might be the way forward?
An impressive pre-season to date, should be capped this coming weekend with some eye-catching displays during the Emirates Cup.
Aside from the defensive side to his impressive game, EP has the innate ability to pick the pass, at the right time, coupled with a raking right foot, that has produced some stunning free kicks and goals for the youths over the past 3 seasons. A quick tube search will reveal plenty.
He quite simply is the ideal break up and simple pass it away man this team needs, I have nothing against Song, who performs an admirable role in the team, more of a shield to the defence rather than a Sword against the opposition, as Frimpong could be.
I rather hope he gets a real run this weekend, against better opposition than he has been seen against in recent weeks, as I fully expect him to forge on with his good form, and provide Wenger with a real poser for the coming season.
At 18, he is ready, physically for sure, mentally he seems to have all the right attributes which have been built up following a tough time out in Ghana.
I struggle to find any real negatives with him, aside from the obvious lack of experience, but forget that, it really is true, in that… if you are good enough you are certainly old enough.
Off the field he seems to enjoy a strong relationship with Song and Eboue, both good influences.
A midfield of Frimpong and Wilshere is surely just around the corner?