Emmanuel Frimpong has been in the papers for the wrong reasons in recent days.
Emmanuel Frimpong has been in the news for all the wrong reasons over the past two days, after his social media frequency got him into trouble. It was confirmed earlier in the week that the combative defensive midfielder had not been included in the League Cup squad for the game against Chelsea last night, despite the idea that Arsene Wenger would be rotating the squad.
Wenger said this was due to a lack of condition after the Ghanaian international had been struggling with injury for the past couple of seasons.
But when asked on Twitter why he was being left out of the squad, he responded rather unwisely:
‘’Lol I wanna laugh. Sometimes I wish I was white and English #realtalk.'’
Clearly, at least in my opinion, this was simply just an ill-advised joke and in no way an implication of any racial division or un-nationalistic views.
Although many in the media have made this out to be a much bigger deal than it actually is, Arsene Wenger has not been - even if you were to reverse the race of the player involved it might not be taken too lightly.
Wenger though has stated that this was not the reason behind Frimpong’s absence from The Emirates Stadium - saying a much less sinister reason was behind his absence:
‘’No, he said it was a joke. I don’t know [that] has he a problem with England, with anybody else, with Arsenal. In fact he was on the list to be the 19th player, he was called up this morning but he was sick. So for us, he was selected.’’
Frimpong was therefore supposed to be the immediate reserve for the game - however was out with an illness ahead of the game, if you are not a cynic that is.
But the blemish could not come at a worse time for Frimpong. His contract expires at the end of the season, and he seems to be nowhere near the first-team picture at The Emirates.
With the World Cup approaching next year, and Ghana all but qualified with a 5-1 lead in their double-legged qualifier with Egypt, Frimpong needs game-time to make a competitive Black Stars squad.
A January exit is looking increasingly likely.
What do you make of the Frimpong remarks? Is his future at Arsenal now decided?
image: © Ronnie Macdonald