By Nick Teale
Emmanuel Frimpong has warned his Arsenal Under-18 team-mates they will need to raise their game if they are to see off Ipswich Town in Tuesday's FA Youth Cup Fourth Round clash at Barnet.
The young Gunners lost 3-2 to Ipswich Town earlier in the Academy League season and were taken to a penalty shoot-out by Crewe Alexandra in the Third Round. Steve Bould's side trailed Crewe three times before eventually progressing on penalties after a 3-3 draw at Underhill.
Frimpong believes his team will have to learn from their performance in that game if they are to overcome Ipswich on Tuesday night.
"Now we know what is expected," he told "We know what the manager wants and we know what the Youth Cup is all about and hopefully in the next round we will perform to a higher level.
"Every game we play starts as a draw and I think some of us did take the last game for granted a little bit.
"Hopefully against Ipswich we can do a lot better than we did in the last round."
Ipswich are 10 points behind Arsenal in the Academy League but Frimpong expects them to pose a dangerous threat to the Gunners' goal.
"We've already played Ipswich away in the League so we know what they are all about," he told "They are a good team so hopefully we'll raise our game for it.
"We could have had an easier draw than Ipswich but if we are going to win the Cup we will have to play the best teams and Ipswich are definitely one of the best teams.
"We have to expect them to play good football. They have quite a good team and a target man up front in Connor Wickham.
"The defenders will have to cope with the long balls because they are going to hit the ball towards Wickham, who is quite big, and as long as we can handle those balls in the air I think we will be all right."
One thing in Arsenal's favour is home advantage but while Frimpong enjoys playing in front of the Arsenal fans, he says that won't make Ipswich any easier to beat.
"I think playing at home in front of your own fans makes you more comfortable, " he said. "But whether it was home or away it will be a tough game and we will have to perform on the night."

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19 Jan 2010