Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Jeremy Wilson: How Emmanuel Frimpong became Arsenal's cult hero

It takes a special set of circumstances for a player to be approaching cult status at their football club by the age of 19. That is especially so when the teenager in question was sent off on the first of only two Premier League starts. Yet through a combination of his obvious on-field commitment, flamboyant personality and the sheer power of Twitter, Emmanuel Frimpong’s popularity and standing among fans is snowballing. Take this tweet during a summer at Arsenal that became dominated by the departures of key first-team players, including Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri. “Arsenal FC is pumping through my veins,” wrote Frimpong. “I will never leave Arsenal even if I get released. I will beg on both knees to stay. They’re going to have to escort me [out].”

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