A member of Arsenal's FA Youth Cup-winning side of 2009, Emmanuel Frimpong made his breakthrough into Arsène Wenger's first team last season.
But unfortunately for the combative midfielder, his campaign was once more cut short with a cruciate knee injury sustained on loan at Wolverhampton Wanderers in February. After nine months out with a similar injury last season, it was cruel on the youngster.
Emmanuel made 14 appearances for Arsenal before Christmas, starting key matches against Liverpool, Udinese, Swansea and Olympiacos in the first two months of the campaign. He also featured heavily alongside Francis Coquelin in central midfield as the Gunners reached the quarter-finals of the Carling Cup.
Eventually first-team opportunities proved more difficult to come by, and Wolves quickly came calling. The 20-year-old proved a popular figure at Molineux but injury cut short his highly-promising spell at Molineux.
“As a footballer you sometimes have to make decisions, and I think going to Wolves was probably the best thing I could have done. They may not have been doing too well, but the manager was very good to me - I think it’s very important to go to a manager who likes you, and he showed belief in me. Playing every week at Wolves convinced me that I can compete at the highest level.”
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Prior to his injury, Emmanuel enjoyed his best football of the season as a regular for Wolves. Rated highly by former manager Mick McCarthy and quickly accepted by the supporters, a lengthy spell on the sidelines was a disappointing end to his campaign.
Emmanuel on loan at Wolverhampton Wanderers