Emmanuel Frimpong will always have a soft spot for Arsenal after spending his formative years with the Gunners, but the midfielder couldn’t resist the opportunity to make a joke at Per Mertesacker’s expense this week.
Mertesacker was sent off early in the Premier League clash against Chelsea on Sunday afternoon - Arsenal suffered a 1-0 defeat to their London rivals - and was filmed sat next to Olivier Giroud, the player Arsene Wenger sacrificed in order to send in Gabriel, in the second half.
Frimpong clearly saw the funny side and uploaded a comical caption to go with the image of Mertesacker and Giroud watching the action from the stands - scroll down this page to see the Instagram post.
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“When your Forced to sit next to the person who ruined your day,” Frimpong wrote for the image’s caption which, in fairness, is pretty funny.
Giroud looked hugely disappointed by Wenger’s decision to substitute him following Mertesacker’s red card - and understandably so.
Giroud could have inflicted damage v Chelsea
The French striker must have fancied his chances of scoring against a Chelsea side that has conceded 34 league goals so far this season.
Giroud was superb in the 3-3 draw against Liverpool earlier this month - scoring a goal either side of half-time - and could have inflicted some damage had he been allowed to stay on the pitch.
Match of the Day pundit Jermaine Jenas wrote an article on the BBC Sport website on Sunday evening detailing why Wenger was wrong to sacrifice Giroud and it’s hard to disagree.
Mertesacker was wrong to dive in
But, ultimately, the blame must fall on Mertesacker for diving in on Diego Costa in the first place and leaving his manager and teammates in a sticky situation.
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