Arsenal star midfielder Thomas Partey seems very determined to convince teammate Eddie Nketiah to play for Ghana’s Black Stars in future.
Nketiah grabbed the headlines on Tuesday when he netted a hat-trick in the Gunners’ 5-1 win over Sunderland in the Carabao Cup.
The 22-year-old opened the scoring for Arsenal in the 17th minute after reacting quickest to a loose ball to score with his knee.
3 at the emirates! Perfect night, congrats @CharliePatino10 ❤️📞 @Arsenal pic.twitter.com/85t5w6rfwP
— Eddie Nketiah 📞 (@EddieNketiah9) December 21, 2021
He scored two more in the second half to add to goals from Nicolas Pele and Charlie Patino as the Gunners ran out as comfortable winners.
After being rewarded with the match ball for his hat-trick and the man of the match award, Partey met Nketiah in the dressing room to congratulate him.
The Black Stars deputy captain then jested that the young striker was now ready to represent the Black Stars.
In a video posted on Partey’s Instagram stories, he is heard smiling while telling Nketiah: “Yeah, now you’re ready for Ghana.”
I just like how @Thomaspartey22 put this question to @EddieNketiah9 in this video after his Hat-trick against Sunderland last night in the English Carabao Cup big win.
Now you are ready for Ghana 🇬🇭 ? pic.twitter.com/wIKq4swxib
— David Stevenson (@dav_stevenson) December 22, 2021
Nketiah’s mother and father are from Ghana but the striker was born in Lewisham, a suburb of London in England.
In recent years, the Ghana Football Association (GFA) has been making attempts to lure the striker to play for Ghana.
The 22-year-old has played for England at various youth levels and is currently the country’s all-time top scorer for the U21 team.