Frimpong and Wilshere ready to return to Arsenal action
Arsene Wenger's midfield options are bolstered by return of two youngsters
MIDFIELDERS are just like buses at the Emirates. The moment Arsenal discover a set up that works, with Abou Diaby, Aaron Ramsey, Mikel Arteta and the exceptional Santi Cazorla all earning high praise for their performances this season, then two more turn up.
And the news that Emmanuel Frimpong and Jack Wilshere are both ready for a return to action will only bolster the growing sense of optimism among Gunners fans who feel this could be the season Arsenal break their trophy drought.
Crowd favourite Frimpong, who has been out of action since February thanks to a knee injury picked up while on loan at Wolves last season, is being tipped to make an appearance in Arsenal's Capital One Cup clash with Coventry this evening, and Wilshere could don an Arsenal shirt next week, although he is not yet ready for the first team.
Frimpong has recovered from his cruciate injury faster than expected, reported the London Evening Standard, and will be on the bench at the Emirates tonight.
Manager Arsene Wenger said: "Ideally we should have waited a bit longer to include him again, but once you're back, you want so much a chance to be involved, so I want to give him a chance."
The paper says: "Wenger is delighted to have the youngster back in first-team contention, and compared Frimpong's determination to that shown by Jack Wilshere, who has been out of action due to injury for the last 17 months."
Talking of Wilshere, the moment that every Arsenal fan has been waiting for has almost arrived, according to the Daily Mail.
The England international returned to full training last week is being lined up to play his first competitive game in well over a year on Monday against West Brom in an under-21 encounter, says the paper. "Further behind-closed-doors friendlies could also be arranged to give the midfielder more game time before his eagerly awaited first-team return," it adds.
And it seems the boy still has it. "Wenger has been pleasantly surprised by Wilshere's fitness and performance levels since his return to full training," reports the Mail.