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Fan favourite Frimpong has revealed the reason for choosing the number 26 shirt. It was previously occupied by Niklas Bendtner, until he chose number 52.
When Frimpong was first promoted to the first team, he was given the 35 shirt, but made the switch to 26 this year in attempt to prove Niklas wrong.
“I chose number 26 because Nicklas Bendtner had that before he got the 52.
“He has said to me that it is a bad luck number so I wanted to prove to him that I can turn that number into one with good luck.”
It’s hardly surprising that Bendtner used his shirt number as an excuse for his poor performances at Arsenal. He wasn’t particularly impressive regardless of his squad number, although we must remember that he did score some important goals and right now, he would probably be more effective than Chamakh. He would certainly be more effective than Park, because at least we know Wenger has confidence in Bendtner (although none of the fans do!).
Bendtner has been ridiculed recently after a string of poor performances on loan at Sunderland. He missed a few sitters against Chelsea (which is a shame, because it would’ve helped us!), so perhaps Chamakh is just the lesser of two evils when it comes to him and Bendtner. He has also made it clear that he doesn’t want to return, so hopefully we can find him a suitor in the summer, because we can’t have him sulking about the place, taking our wages and not playing.
Mr Hleb has spoken to the Stuttgarter Zeitung and discussed how he wasted the best years of his career. He was a regular in an exceptionally talented Arsenal side, but when he was seduced by Barca, he lost his first team place.
“If I’m honest, I’ve given away with the best years of my career and I have nobody else to blame.
“I was annoyed when I did not play. Now I know that Barcelona is so great because every player holds back his ego. At that time I could not see it.
“You want to play a one-two but then do not get the ball back. That made me angry sometimes, I reacted badly.”
He might regret leaving Arsenal, given that he would’ve been playing alongside top midfielders in a side that was similar to Barca in terms of appreciation of possession, pass and move and patience. Loyalty in football is quite scarce, although if rumours are true and De Rossi decides to stay with Roma despite the lure of Man City then he will stand out as a beacon of true devotion to his club. Hleb was sought after by a top club, and he went. I’m sure a few other factors weighed on his mind, as is often the case – money, location, pressure from agents etc can also affect a transfer decision. But Arsenal fans will look back to the time that Fabregas, Rosicky, Hleb, Flamini and Gilberto trotted around the pitch in their prime and played some exquisite football, notably that 7-0 drubbing of Slavia Prague.
Onto some transfer news. We have been linked with Aly Cissokho of Lyon. He is a powerful left back and is only 24 years old but has quite a bit of experience – he has played 100 times for Lyon and got his first cap for France last season. Squillaci has been linked with a host of clubs including Monaco (according to the Mirror). Given our injury crisis, you would expect Wenger to call upon a 31 year old French international who has played at top clubs such as Monaco, Lyon and Sevilla. But even Wenger can see what the fans see when it comes to Squillaci – he had a terrible debut season and I’m surprised we are still paying his wages. I won’t be surprised if he leaves in the summer, but it would be risky to get rid of him now with all the defensive problems. We’re still being linked with Podolski but I think we can all agree that Wenger won’t be buying an attacker in this transfer window, despite the obvious need for one. Lazio are being linked with Arshavin for around £6m (according to the Mirror again) but Zenit seems a more likely destination – he has stated that he will only play for Zenit if he returns to Russia.
Chamakh has made it clear that he is staying at the club, although his minimal impact in the last year or so is worrying. He is reportedly on pretty high wages, but doesn’t play much and is pretty poor when he does.
“I am relaxed about my future. I’ve spoken with the coach and I’m staying with Arsenal after the Africa Cup of Nations.
“I think Wenger has confidence in me. It was that reason that I left Bordeaux to join Arsenal.
“I had some good performances in my first season and it’s possible that I can repeat those.
“My agents have had calls from other clubs, but I want to show what I can do in the next few months.
“I’m tired of the rumours, because I only want to be focused on my work for Morocco. Personally, I have a lot more in my game and I want to demonstrate my level. Of course I want to play more, but it’s very difficult for a forward at Arsenal. The level is very high, but that’s the challenge that I was looking for.”