Arsenal scout disappointed as Afriyie Acquah is dropped to Parma bench while Inter Milan batter Gialloblu in Serie A
By Akyereko Frimpong Manson
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Ghana midfielder Afriyie Acquah lost his starting berth in Parma’s team as he was dropped to the bench in their 2-0 home reverse against Inter Milan in the Serie A on Saturday afternoon.
This comes as disappointment for both the midfielder and Arsenal who had reportedly sent their senior scout to assess the Essien-like midfielder to see if he is worth of a summer transfer.
But there was no show for the Ghanaian and the English side would have to bid their time to see the Ghanaian play. However, it could also a decision by Parma manager Roberto Donaldoni who has plans to retaining Acquah in his squad for next season as they look set to securing a Europa League action.
The 22-year-old had been enjoying regular playing time under manager Roberto Donadoni but was dropped to the bench as they faced Inter Milan at the Stadio Ennio Tardini.
Parma were hoping to maintain their two-game unbeaten run in the Serie A but a three-game losing streak recorded against Juventus, AS Roma and Napoli.
But were handed a painful loss at their own backyard as Antonio Cassano missed a spot-kick while Gianluca Paletta also got sent off as Inter coasted to a comfortable away victory.
Acquah, who is tipped to make Ghana’s provisional World Cup squad following his consistency in the Italian top-flight, has managed 23 games this season, starting 14 and completing just 7 of them.