Reds Manager Danny Wilson was delighted to welcome latest recruit Emmanuel Frimpong on board at Oakwell.
After Barnsley agreed an undisclosed fee with the Gunners, Frimpong penned a deal at Oakwell until the end of the season this afternoon.
Speaking to barnsleyfc.co.uk, Danny said, “It’s not very often a young, quality player comes available - particularly on a permanent basis - but we got a sniff of it in the last few days and pursued it with Arsenal and with the agent and this is where we are.
“I’m absolutely delighted with it. For someone whose last football he played was in the Premier League to come to Barnsley and accept that it’s going to be a real dogfight at the bottom of the Championship - he’s prepared to give us his Premier League experience and youthfulness. I think it’s a tremendous accolade to the Club to be able to entice somebody of his quality.
"He won’t be fazed by any of the games we will play in the Championship, and for a young lad it’s a great trait to have.
"We’ve brought a few players in and we would not have been able to do that without the owner’s help. He’s bought into what we are trying to achieve. The ultimate ambition is to stay in the Championship and the owner has given us every chance he can.”
Wilson certainly regards the addition of Frimpong as a coup, “When you do move, you have to move quickly and move swiftly to stop people coming in the back door behind you and make sure that door is slammed shut,” added Wilson. “We did everything we could and as soon as we got Frimpong up here it was cloak and dagger and ‘bump’ it was done. We didn’t give any opportunities or leave any areas where people could prise open to get in."