Whilst Alex Song has been part of the Arsenal furniture in midfield for a good three seasons now, Emmanuel Frimpong has just moved in. The latter has been described as a similar player to Song, which is true, but their combined strength would be ideal to have together in one line-up. With Wilshere’s time-out due to injury seemingly increasing by the week, could the aforementioned duo hold the fort during the Englishman’s absence?
Frimpong is what Song’s time as a midfielder started like. As a tough tackling player who breaks up the play, he is what many critics say the Gunners lack. Alex Song, on the other hand – who I see as among the best defensive midfielders in the country – has developed into an impressive creative force whilst also maintaining his ability to defend.
I would love to see Frimpong deployed in the holding role. He performed excellently in the centre against Liverpool before his sending off and had no difficulties in settling in at that level in similar fashion to Wilshere. Five years his senior at twenty-four, Alex Song has continued to progress in terms of attacking threat, contributing a goal and an assist after just three league games. The amount of chances he has created has also rocketed, with his ‘on a plate’ pass to Walcott being the latest one to be wasted by the frontline.
Mikel Arteta would be the colleague most likely to play alongside them in the centre, producing what would be a quite perfect triangle of strength, creativity and unbeatable young passion from Frimpong in particular, as seen at Anfield in August.