Wenger hunting Ghanian starlet

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is set to shun criticism over his youth policy and sign-up Standard Liege star Daniel Opare, according to The Sun.

The 21-year-old was a non-playing member of Ghana's Africa Cup of Nations squad, who finished fourth after losing to Mali in the third place playoff.

Opare is formerly of Real Madrid's B team, who apply their trade in the Segunda Division B, while he's previously had spells at Ashanti Gold and Sfax.

He now plays for Liege, who have a reputation for bringing through talented youngsters, having nurtured the early careers of Steven Defour and Marouane Fellaini.

The Ghanian international would join fellow African's Alex Song, Gervinho and Marouane Chamakh in the Arsenal ranks

Talk of a move to Opare comes as a surprise given recent criticism of Wenger's long-term strategy, which has failed to yield a trophy in seven years at The Emirates Stadium.

Recent defeats to AC Milan and Sunderland has all but ended the club's hopes of breaking their trophy drought this term.

Supporters are unlikely to be encouraged by talk of bringing in Opare, with the club's refusal to invest heavily in an under-achieving squad dramatically undermining their challenge for the top four.

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