Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong looks set to leave Arsenal in the January transfer window having failed to play himself back into the first team plans of Arsene Wenger after returning from a loan spell at Fulham.
Having showed some promise during his time at Craven Cottage, the Ghanaian midfielder was expected to be given a chance to impress at the Emirates, but he has found first team opportunities hard to come by.
Frimpong has failed to make a single competitive appearance for the Gunners this season, while he only made the match squad on five occasions, and he has been reportedly told that he can leave the club in January.
According to French newspaper Le Figaro, Ligue 1 high-flyers Saint Etienne are prepared to offer the 22-year-old an escape route from the Emirates as they look to add more steel to the centre of the park.
It remains to be seen whether Frimpong will be leaving on loan or permanent deal, but it is perfectly clear he will not be offered an extension to his current deal that is due to expire at the end of the season.
Having joined the club at the age of 9, the midfielder in turn showed a great deal of promise, but a succession of injuries seriously halted his progress. It does appear as though exposure to regular first team football would help the player get his career back on track and no wonder a club like Saint Etienne are showing interest in his services.
Despite seeing little playing time at the Emirates over the last couple of years, Frimpong was one of the liveliest characters in Arsenal dressing room and no doubts he will be sorely missed by players and fans alike.