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Former Arsenal man called up for Kosovo's international debut

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The ex-Gunners youngster Alban Bunjaku will line up for his country as they prepare to take on Haiti in their first-ever match.

It will be a momentous occasion for Kosovo when they take to the field for their inaugural international match this week when they take on Haiti, but it also represents a landmark for a former Arsenal midfielder.

Alban Bunjaku never quite made the grade with the Gunners during his 10-year stay in North London and departed for Sevilla in 2012 on a free transfer.

Bunjaku had largely impressed at youth team level, having made his way through the club's ranks, but was let go having found first-team opportunities at a premium with so many talented ball carriers in front of him in the queue for the starting XI.

Arsenal's most famed Romford-born player was Ray Parlour but Bunjaku was also born in the north-east London town and joined up with the Gunners at the age of eight.

Now residing with Slavia Prague in the Czech Republic, the talented youngster has been called up for a country who only gained FIFA status last month having declared independence as recently as 2008.

Manager Albert Bunjaki has outlined his country's path to the 2018 World Cup already, however, and Bunjaku is believed to be a key part of his plans for doing so, alongside the likes of Manchester City prodigy Bersant Celina and former Manchester United - now Ipswich Town - defender Frederic Veseli.

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