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Arsenal midfielder sees future away from England

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Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong has committed his long-term future to the Ghanaian national team after a meeting with their Football Association president Kwesi Nyantakyi according to reports.

The 19-year-old, who was born in Accra will turn his back on England just days after receiving his first call-up to Stuart Pearce's U21 side for the recent Euro 2013 qualifier against Azerbaijan.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger believes Frimpong has the potential to be a leading star at the Emirates Stadium, and having impressed for Arsenal so far this season, the player was rewarded by the English FA.

However, Frimpong was forced to withdraw from the squad due to injury and has since met the Ghana president in a London hotel following the Black Stars' 1-0 friendly defeat to Brazil at Craven Cottage last night.


 

Nyantakyi confirmed to the Guardian: "Yesterday we met him after the game at Fulham at a hotel. He wants to play for Ghana.

"We have to apply to Fifa now – send them the documentation and wait. It is out of my hands how long they will take, but with my experience [of these matters] I expect no longer than three months and it will probably be shorter than that."

Frimpong's return to the Arsenal line-up will be temporarily delayed due to the suspension he is currently serving after being sent off in the Gunners' Barclays Premier League defeat to Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday 20 August.

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