Frimpong: My junior team used to beat Arsenal!

Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong admits moving to England from Ghana as an eight-year old was the making of his football career.

Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong admits moving to England from Ghana as an eight-year old was the making of his football career.

Frimpong played for a local team in Ghana before his move to England, but admitted that his progress accelerated once in London.

“After arriving in England I played for Welbourne Primary School in Tottenham,” he told the Official Arsenal Magazine.

“We didn’t have a very strong team, but we were OK. After that I went to Broadwater Farm - who Daniel Boateng also played for - and their manager, Clasford Stirling, had links to Arsenal. I went on trial for a couple of weeks and didn’t look back.

“I already knew about Arsenal’s Academy teams because we used to play in friendly tournaments and beat them! Our players were all big and strong – Arsenal had the technique and we had the physique.”

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