Emirates youngster makes winning return from knee ligament damage.
Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong made a winning return from a serious knee injury against Sunderland for the reserves on Tuesday night.
The 19-year-old suffered cruciate knee ligament damage in training and has missed the last eight months as a result.
The England U17 international impressed in pre-season alongside Jack Wilshere in the Emirates Cup against AC Milan and Celtic.
But while Wilshere has gone on to win a full England cap, Frimpong has been on the treatment table.
The Ghana-born teenager came on for the final 22 minutes of the 4-2 win over Sunderland and could still play a part for the first-team this season.
“It’s great for Emmanuel, he was distraught after doing his knee,” Arsenal reserve manager Neil Banfield told the club’s website.
“He was giving himself every opportunity for the manager to pick him [before his injury] and now he has got to get himself back to that level.
“Emmanuel is coming back and playing which, at this moment in time, is the best thing.”
Veteran goalkeeper Jens Lehmann got another 90 minutes under his belt for the reserves as he looks to build up match sharpness.