As transfer deadline day approaches the final few hours, Arsenal fans across the world will surely have their eyes glued to the screen in hope that we can sign someone before the night is over. So far we have only Kim Kallstrom under our belts. Lille have apparently rejected a loan offer from Arsenal, whilst Julian Draxler seems ever more unlikely to happen by the second, despite supposedly being near to completion according to earlier reports.
Furthermore Arsenal supposedly rejected the chance to sign Dimitar Berbatov this window, a player which I’m sure all the desperate Arsenal fans would be happy to get now. But focusing on done deals, it’s mainly on the way out of the Emirates to be honest, which yesterday saw one former ‘top potential’ player in Benik Afobe to leave the club temporarily, whilst another player of that category has also left Arsenal today.
Arsenal today announced that Emmanuel Frimpong had left the club for an undisclosed fee, signing for Championship side Barnsley. 22 year old Frimpong who is probably better known for his attitude, music and Dench branding than his footballing talent, leaves the club after his long standing association with the Gunners, having joined them from an early age and progressing through the youth academies with the likes of current star Jack Wilshere.
Whilst most of my memories of Frimpong are of the midfielder moving on loan to the likes of Fulham, Wolves and Charlton, the one time I will not forget of Frimpong is when the defensive midfielder got himself sent off against Liverpool on his Premier League debut. We had already suffered a boring 0-0 draw at Newcastle on the opening day, whilst a 2-0 loss against Liverpool didn’t help, but what was worse to come was the 8-2 mauling by United which followed the next week.
Personally I think Frimpong has bided his time with the Gunners for a little while longer than he should have. His attitude clearly wasn’t in the right place, and he is most notable for getting into scraps with former Gunner Samir Nasri. You cannot doubt the Ghanaian’s passion for Arsenal, but his passion for football may be on a different and much lower level.
Still I wish Frimpong all the best in the future and I’m sure if he can work on his game and become a true professional, in terms of effort, ability and attitude them I’m sure it won’t be too long until he makes his way back up to the Premier League.
And welcome to Arsenal Kim Kallstrom. He may not be the stellar signing we were hoping for, but the fans will support him and if he can help us this season in any way, it will have been worth it.