Report: Saint Etienne eye Frimpong


According to a couple of (spurious) reports in the French press, Emmanuel Frimpong is being touted as a possible January loan signing for French side Saint Etienne.

The Ghanaian midfielder, who has battled back from two serious knee injuries in the last few years, hasn’t featured for the Gunners this term making and made just two appearances in the League Cup last year.

The 22-year-old is no stranger to a temporary move having previously played for Wolves, Charlton and Fulham and given the number of midfield options at Arsene Wenger’s disposal it makes sense for him to be seeking playing time in pastures new.

Whether he wishes to go DÉNCH remains to be seen (surely an English move makes more sense?), although Arsenal do have historic ties with Saint Etienne. Back in 1999 David Dein spoke enthusiastically of a link-up with ‘Les Verts’ after sealing a deal for defender David Grondin.

“It’s a cross fertilisation of ideas, culture and language,” said Dein. “We’ll accommodate their young players. They’ll look after ours. It will broaden their outlook and education as well as benefit them from the football point of view.”

Arseblog News can’t help but think a link-up with the band of the same name may have been more productive.

In other news, there’s chatter from L’Equipe that Francis Coquelin could prematurely withdraw from his season-long loan at Freiburg with clubs in England apparently keen on taking the French hardman for the rest of the season. With only nine starts under his belt, le Coq has thus far proved a little impotent in the Bundesliga…

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