PICTURE: Young Gunner who said he'd beg to stay in new club colours

Arsenal academy graduate Emmanuel Frimpong poses in his dench new, Barnsley, threads.

Former fringe Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong, once well touted as a strong candidate as a future first-team defensive midfielder in 2010 before suffering a long-term anterior cruciate ligament injury, has joined Barnsley on a permanent basis, ending a career with the Gunners - inclusive of youth teams - that spanned 13 years.

The 22-year-old now links up with the Tykes for an undisclosed fee and told Barnsley Player: 'I'm really excited to be here. Everything happened really quickly yesterday. [Danny Wilson] called me yesterday and wanted me to come play and help the team push out the relegation zone. Hopefully I can help the team achieve that this season.'

Frimpong developed something of a cult following despite his reserve status at Arsenal, largely because of his social media activity. If ever there was a robust challenge highlighted on BBC's Match of the Day programme, the midfielder would comment that whoever was on the wrong end of the tackle got 'Frimponged'.

In 2012, he posted: 'I'll never leave Arsenal even if I'm released. I'll beg on both knees to stay,' and, after his Arsenal exit was confirmed, he pondered on Twitter how he would now get girls.

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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