Matt Wright reports
Charlton boss Chris Powell has swooped to add highly-rated Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong to the club’s ranks on loan, the Addicks announced on Monday morning.
After earning a third consecutive Championship win by beating Burnley on Saturday, Charlton have further strengthened their squad with the Ghana-born engine-roomer.
Frimpong has embarked on his second loan stint from the Premier League Gunners, and will stay at The Valley until the New Year’s Day.
“We’re really happy that he’s coming in to join our squad, and we welcome him to the club,” said manager Chris Powell.
“We’ve had our eye on him for a while, and with the busy Christmas period to come, I felt it was right to make sure that we are covered in all areas. We hope that does very well for us in the red or black of Charlton.”
A combative presence in the centre of the pitch, 20-year-old Frimpong has twice been hampered by injury in the past two seasons after receiving rave reviews.
He made a big impression for Arsenal during pre-season in 2011/12 and, having made his debut for the North London club against Newcastle United in mid-August, he was rewarded with a first start in the Premier League against Liverpool seven days later.
And although he was sent off after collecting two yellow cards, he went on to rack up 14 appearances for Arsène Wenger’s first team before Christmas.
He subsequently went out on loan to fellow Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers, and made a bright start to life at Molineux, but after just five games he ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in the first half against Queens Park Rangers and his campaign ended prematurely in February.
Frimpong, who has been with Arsenal since the age of nine and played a major role in the Gunner’s FA Youth Cup success in 2009, had missed nine months of the previous campaign season due to a similar injury in his other knee, but has fought back to fitness on both occasions.
Frimpong has represented Arsenal in the Champions League, and has twice featured for the Gunners this season, playing in a 6-1 Capital One Cup victory against Coventry City and the extraordinary 7-6 comeback win against Reading in the same competition at the end of last month.