The midfielder is relishing his debut call-up with Ghana, gives his thoughts on why Arsenal have not won any major trophy in years and reveals his best player of the EPLEXCLUSIVE
By Edmund Okai Gyimah
On-loan Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Yaw Frimpong, who recently switched allegiance to the country of his birth after featuring for all the junior national teams of England, is in Ghana as one of the Black Stars’ players invited for the crucial 2014 World Cup qualifier against Sudan.
Goal.com Ghana’s Edmund Okai Gyimah caught up with the much-talked about Fulham player after his first Ghana training and he talked about his parent club Arsenal, manager Arsene Wenger and his desire to die for Ghana.
Goal.com: Tell us about yourself
Emmanuel Frimpong: I am Emmanuel Yaw Frimpong, a Ghanaian and an Ashanti-born in Kumasi in 1992. I left the shores of Ghana at the age of six for London.
Goal.com: How are you feeling ahead of your debut Black Stars game?
Frimpong: Seriously, I cannot wait to play for my motherland. Camp is cool and I am really enjoying and looking up to the game on Sunday.
Goal.com: Which player were you looking up to as a role model when growing up?
Frimpong: Well a lot of players had influenced me when I was developing my football talent, but I will say that Patrick Vieira influenced me the most.
Goal.com: Recently a British football website reported that you are having a beef with Balotelli's younger brother Enoch Bawuah over an Ecuadorian lady called Emilia Morales how true is that?
|Arsene Wenger has handled himself very well amidst all the unfortunate media pressure on him and we the playing staff have full confidence in him.
- Emmanuel Frimpong
Goal.com: Will you like to go back to Arsenal and cement a permanent starting place when your loan deal at Fulham ends or you will move somewhere for more permanent playing time?
Frimpong: Arsenal are my parent club and I’m still contracted to them so I will be going back at the season's end but this is football and you never know.
Goal.com: Many people see you as the next Alexander Song; does that put pressure on you as a young player?
Frimpong: Alex Song and myself are different individuals and as such I want to be known as the new Frimpong and not by another player's name.
Goal.com: There is always this debate about who is the best in the Premiership, in your opinion who really is the best player in the EPL?
Frimpong: To me it is Yaya Toure of Manchester City, no doubt. He is a gem and in a class of his own.
|"I am really enjoying and looking up to the game on Sunday"
Goal.com: Many Arsenal fans, particularly those in Ghana are always complaining about the club not buying big-named players and not winning trophies as well, as a Gunner how do you feel about this?
Frimpong: Well, fans should know and understand that we the players are also not happy when we don’t win trophies but I can assure you that we always give 100% on the field to change that. I want to assure all Ghana Arsenal fans that it will happen for us very soon. Arsene Wenger has handled himself very well amidst all the unfortunate media pressure on him and we the playing staff have full confidence in him to lead us to glory again.
Goal.com: What should Ghanaians expect from you on Sunday in the Ghana-Sudan game?
Frimpong: First of all, I would like to say a big thanks to all Ghanaians for the wonderful reception I’ve got since I came back and I promise to give my all and die for my motherland, Ghana if I’m given a chance on Sunday. Come in all numbers to support us and I know we will be victorious.
Goal.com: Thanks very much for granting us audience.
Frimpong: You are always welcome and it is always a pleasure.
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