Former Arsenal midfielder, Emmanuel Frimpong, announced his retirement from football at the age of 27 on Friday.
Frimpong, who made just six appearances during his time at the Emirates Stadium before he joined Barnsley in January 2014, said he is putting an end to his football career due to a prolonged knee injury, on Twitter.
“It is with great sadness I have decided to retire from professional football,” Frimpong said.
“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, Frimpong added.
RETIREMENT FROM PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL THANK YOU ALL GOOD BLESS👍🏿🙌🏿🙏🏿 pic.twitter.com/LaIYG6raw1
— EMMANUEL FRIMPONG (@IAMFRIMPONG26) March 7, 2019
Appreciating his former clubs, Frimpong said, “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.”
Reacting to Frimpong’s tweet, former club, Arsenal FC wished Frimpong good luck in his retirement. Good luck in your retirement, @IAMFRIMPONG26 – and all the best for your next chapter, Arsenal FC tweeted.
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) March 8, 2019
Also, former Arsenal team-mate Jack Wilshere, wished Frimpong the best during his retirement.
“From under 11’s to first team…Frimmy it was a pleasure my friend! Good luck to you and your family in the future mate. Happy retirement. “, Wilshere tweeted.
From under 11's to first team…Frimmy it was a pleasure my friend! Good luck to you and your family in the future mate. Happy retirement @IAMFRIMPONG26
— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) March 8, 2019