Emmanuel Frimpong has joined Fulham on loan until the end of the season. This will be Frimpong’s third loan spell away from the club, having spent time on loan at Wolves in the Premier League last season and he was also loaned out to Championship club Charlton earlier this season following a lengthy injury that cut his loan spell at Wolves short.
Frimpong has made 16 appearances for Arsenal overall, but only 2 this season, both of which came in the League Cup. The move will do Frimpong good because he needs to get used to playing football regularly and he is going to a team in the Premier League which can only help him too. Hopefully he comes back a better player.
I do have to question the move from the club’s point of view though. Yes I see the benefits for him if he is given regular football at Fulham. If he’s a sub mostly there then the move will be a waste of his time. However, what bugs me about it is that Arsenal don’t have a huge squad. They’ve sent out deadwood like Djourou and Chamakh on loan but haven’t replaced them in the squad at all. Frimpong isn’t the most talented player in the world, but he loves Arsenal. He is still a pretty good player and if we get injuries in the coming months in midfield, there will be times where he may have been used.
If Wenger doesn’t bring in a midfielder then the move does baffle me a little. It has to suggest that somebody is going to come in, whether a short-term fix (e.g. a loan move ourselves) or someone like Diame who is being linked with a £3.5m move from West Ham. Nothing surprises me regarding a lack of transfer activity at Arsenal though and I certainly wouldn’t be shocked if Wenger doesn’t bring anyone in this month. In fact, I’d be more shocked if he did…