Emmanuel Frimpong Has Retired From Football, Aged 27
At the age of 27, former Arsenal youth product Emmanuel Frimpong has decided to retire from professional football after an eight year career in the game.
Spells in Russia with UFA and Arsenal Tula followed after failing to make an impact at Oakwell but injuries plagued his career.
He finished his career in the Cypriot First Division side Ermis Aradippou FC before announcing his retirement on Thursday night.
Here’s his statement in full, written on the classic iPhone Notes app, of course:
“It is with great sadness I have decided to retire from professional football. I have had problems with my knee for the last five years or so and have got back to playing at a professional level.
“But since November 2017 I haven’t been in action as I had a tear in my knee ligament. I decided with my own will that I will not opt for the operation since I was not enjoying football playing through pain.
“I would love to thank all the clubs I have represented, Arsenal, Charlton, Barnsley, Fulham, UFA, AFC Eskilstuna and Ermis for the love and support they have given and to the fans who always supported me. Thank you and let’s see what the future holds.
“Spending time with my daughter and family the last year has made me realise I’m blessed.”
Frimpong was certainly a character.
“I believe he (Frimpong) has done really well. He is a bit less of a dribbler but he is a fighter and he is a winner.” – Arsene Wenger said after the 2010 Emirates Cup.
Nine years later, the 27-year-old has announced his retirement from football.
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