Emmanuel Frimpong may not play for Arsenal any more, but the former Gunners midfielder still has a lot to say about his old club, including the reason why former team mate Robin van Persie left for Manchester United.
The Netherlands striker left Arsenal for their Premier League rivals United in 2012 before helping his new team clinch the league title in his first season at the club.
And Frimpong, who currently plays for Russian side Ufa FC has revealed that Arsenal could have held onto Van Persie, but lost their then-captain because they did not want to splash the cash on a new contract.
‘Van Persie is one of the kindest people I know. He spent many years at Arsenal and played great,’ Frimpong is quoted as saying by The Star.Emmanuel Frimpong says Arsenal’s financial restrictions led to players leaving (Picture: Getty)
‘You know, the problem of Arsenal is with money. Imagine that you are playing for Arsenal, you have a contract for two years.
‘The contract ends and they say: “We are ready to offer you a new one.” And you’re like: “Excellent, I want to sign. £20k a week?” And Arsenal answers: “No, we will give you only 15?”
‘Although they could pay £20k, but do not want too. Therefore, the players leave Arsenal and this is their problem. Nowadays, the big players have to pay a lot of money. So everything is arranged.
‘If you want to play a star, you have to pay them a lot. Now Arsenal have changed, they signed [Alexis] Sanchez, but before they would not.’