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Emmanuel Frimpong feels he's not ready for the Arsenal first team

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30 Oct 2012 10:03:00

Emmanuel Frimpong feels he's not ready for the Arsenal first team

Emmanuel Frimpong believes he is not yet ready to play regularly for Arsenal's first team as he continues to build his confidence after a long spell on the sidelines.

The midfielder damaged cruciate ligaments in February while on loan at Wolves, but did appear as a substitute in Arsenal's Capital One Cup tie against Coventry City last month. The 20-year-old has taken in several Under-21 games for the Gunners, but wants to play in a couple more before he is at the right level to push for a Premier League comeback.

"I still don't believe I am 100 per cent right - obviously I am playing but I don't think I am ready for the first team yet," Frimpong told Arsenal Player.

"I still need two more 90-minute games [for the Under 21s], then I will be fine.

"It is difficult when you play for the Under 21s, because even though you're playing for points it is still not as competitive as a first-team game. The pressure is totally different.

"But coming back from a nine-month injury, I just have to make sure that when I come back into the team, I am right and ready. I don't want to push myself if I am not ready.

"Once you keep playing you build up your confidence and everything falls back into place. But I am sure that when the time is right and I am called upon, I will do a good job for the team."


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