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Arsene Wenger says England need Arsenal's Frimpong

Emmanuel Frimpong
Frimpong played three times for Arsenal in the Carling Cup last term

Arsene Wenger has urged the Football Association to act quickly to persuade Arsenal's young midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong to play for England.

The 18-year-old, who was born in Accra but moved to London in 2000, played for England Under-16 and Under-18s, but has indicated he wishes to play for Ghana.

Wenger said: "Here you have a boy who can choose between England and Ghana.

"So if I was in your place, I would have no hesitation and invite him to play very quickly for England."

I've seen what I wanted to see, that two new players can fit in well

Arsene Wenger

The Arsenal manager's praise followed his side's 3-2 victory over Celtic, which ensured the Gunners clinched the pre-season Emirates Cup.

Carlos Vela, Bacary Sagna and Samir Nasri were on the scoresheet for Arsenal, but it was Frimpong's former England Under-18 teammate Jack Wilshere who impressed the Gunners boss and won the man-of-the-match accolade.

"I believe he is stronger than last year, physically, and the few months he played (on loan) at Bolton has given him something," Wenger continued.

"He will be used at the club, of course. The problem at that age is to be patient. If you look at the number of good players we have in midfield, nobody can guarantee a position to anybody."

Emmanuel Frimpong
Frimpong in action for England Under-16's against Germany in 2008

And comparing his two midfielders, Wenger added: "Frimpong is a bit less of a dribbler but he's a fighter and a winner."

Arsenal were held to a 1-1 draw on Saturday with AC Milan, but the Frenchman said his side's performances had impressed him.

"I am pleased, because we had good opponents against teams who didn't give up.

"I've seen what I wanted to see, that two new players can fit in well. And I'm pleased with the fact that the young players who have played in the two games have done really well.

"And you will be pleased with the fact that they are English - so we are all happy," Wenger added.

The Arsenal boss added that winger Theo Walcott, who set up two of the Gunners goals, is "highly determined" to impress.

To the surprise of many, the winger was not picked as part of Fabio Capello's England World Cup squad in South Africa.



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