By Giuseppe Muro

Emmanuel Frimpong says Jack Wilshere’s breakthrough this season has been “unbelievable” and hopes to join his mate in the first-team soon.

The teenage duo were ever-presents in pre-season with both showing promise at the heart of Arsenal’s midfield. But, while Wilshere fulfilled that potential to become an established member of Arsène Wenger’s side, Frimpong was hit with a serious knee injury that effectively ended his season before it had begun.

Wilshere is just nine days Frimpong’s senior and the pair have been playing together since the age of nine. Now, a decade on, Frimpong is eyeing up a reunion when he returns to full fitness.

“It is unbelievable what Jack is doing at the moment,” the England Youth International told “There are lots of young players coming through who want to do what he is doing.

“It’s all about getting a chance in the first team. Jack got his chance and he took it. That is all you can do.

“Jack has done great so far this season. Over the last few years he has grown stronger and grown faster. It’s very nice to see him doing well.”

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12 Apr 2011