Injury prone midfielder speaks out about his time with the Gummers.
Former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong is a little out of the way these days now that he is playing for FC Ufa, but he has hit the headlines again this week after explaining why the likes of Robin Van Persie and company left the club in the Daily Star.
Astonishingly, Frimpong claims that the likes of RVP and Gael Clichy di in fact leave because of money, saying; “Van Persie is one of the kindest people I know. He spent many years at Arsenal and played great.
“You know, the problem of Arsenal is with money.
“Imagine that you are playing for Arsenal, you have a contract for two years.
“The contract ends, and they say: ‘We are ready to offer you a new one.’ And you’re like: ‘Excellent, I want to sign. £20k a week?. And Arsenal say: ‘no, we will give you only 15′.
“Although they could pay 20 they do not want too.
“Therefore, the players leave Arsenal, and this is their problem.
“Nowadays to get the big players you have to pay a lot of money, so everything is arranged.
“If you want to play a star, you have to pay them a lot. Now Arsenal have changed and they signed Sanchez, before they would not have done that.”
Hilariously, in an interview with Sport.ru (translated by 101GreatGoals) he also gives an insight into how much of a character Andrei Arshavin really is.
“[Arshavin’s] a great guy. One of the best players who was at Arsenal, his passing was a great loss. Although at the time of his departure, he did not play so often, but still – one of the best players who ever appeared in Russia,” he added.
“At Arsenal, he scored a lot, gave a lot, I would never have said that his purchase was a mistake. Because it was full of players who have purchased used for about ever larger money, and they did not show even half of what Andrei showed.
“He is very funny and very loud guy. And he never ran. I remember one match before Wenger told him that now they need to run. And he was like ‘I do not [run].’ But maybe he was just very very tired! Although without the ball, he still never really ran, so that running was not exactly one of his strengths. But in the attack, he was always good.”
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