Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong has completed a loan move to Charlton Athletic and will remain with the Championship side until January 1st 2013.
The 20-year-old was regarded as one of our most promising youngsters a couple of seasons ago but his Arsenal career has been hit by two major knee injuries over the last three seasons. He began last year well and made 14 appearances for the first team before joining Wolves on loan in January. However, his time at Molineux was cut short after he picked up a cruciate knee ligament injury.
After seven months on the sidelines Frimpong returned to action last month and played in both Capital Cup games against Coventry and Reading, and has now joined Charlton to gain more first team experience.
Hopefully he can come back in the New Year and make a real push for the first team but with Jack Wilshere, Mikel Arteta, Santi Cazorla, Francis Coquelin, Aaron Ramsey, Abou Diaby (when fit) and Tomas Rosicky (when fit) all competing for three central midfield places, it’s going to be a tall order for Frimmy to get regular games at the Emirates.
I’ve always liked Frimpong but his injury last year really set him back and Coquelin is now ahead of him in the pecking order, as well as the more established names, so i’m not convinced Emmanuel has a long-term future at the club.