Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong to miss rest of season with ACL rupture

Frimpong in action for Wolves.

According to the official club website, Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong, who was on loan at Wolverhampton, will miss the rest of this season after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during the match against Queens Park Rangers on Saturday. Frimpong had missed a good deal of last season with the same injury in his left knee. According to the club, he is to see specialists in London, undergo surgery, and then start the lengthy rehab process.

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Frimpong, who is one of Arsenal's best young midfield prospects, had just moved to Wolves on loan in order to get some minutes, both Alex Song and Francis Coquelin ahead of him on the holding midfield depth chart. The young Ghanaian/English grafter is very much in the sort of Gennaro Gattuso mold, a small-ish but very strong bulldog. Many had thought that he needed to temper his aggressive play this year, but he brings tremendous energy onto the pitch whenever he plays, and he was quickly becoming a favorite amongst supporters for his workrate and personality.

He was already a year behind in his development, though, so this injury is particularly unfortunate. While it doesn't affect Arsenal directly at present, it remains to be seen what the long-term implications of this injury might possibly be. Fingers crossed he can recover quickly and get his development up and running again.

Everyone here wishes Mr. Frimpong a quick and speedy recovery.

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