The Gunners midfielder is uncertain of his future at the club but insists that everyone is doing the work needed to turn things around after eight trophyless yearsEXCLUSIVE
By Edmund Okai Gyimah
Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong has urged fans to stick by the team and manager Arsene Wenger, insisting that they will rectify their trophyless status "very soon".
The youngster, currently on loan at Fulham, sought to reassure disillusioned supporters that the Gunners' struggles have not been for a lack of effort.
"Fans should know and understand that we the players are also not happy when we don't win trophies but I can assure you that we always give 100 per cent on the field to change that," Frimpong told Goal.com.
"I want to assure all Arsenal fans that it will happen for us very soon.
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Asked if he will be reintegrated into the Gunners squad when his loan spell at Craven Cottage ends, Frimpong left the door open for a departure.
"Arsenal are my parent club and I'm still contracted to them so I will be going back at the season's end but this is football and you never know," he noted.
On comparisons to other players, particularly Alex Song, who left Arsenal for Barcelona last summer, the Ghanaian added: "Alex Song and myself are different individuals and as such I want to be known as the new Frimpong and not by another player's name.
"A lot of players influenced me when I was developing my football talent but I will say that Patrick Vieira influenced me the most."
Frimpong also declared his belief that Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure is the best player in the Premier League. "No doubt," he opined. "He is a gem and in a class of his own."
With his first taste of international football for Ghana expected to come on Sunday in a crucial World Cup qualifier against Sudan, the Arsenal youngster is thrilled to be part of the national team.
"Seriously, I cannot wait to play for my motherland," he enthused. "Camp is cool and I am really enjoying and looking up to the game on Sunday."