By Chris Harris
Emmanuel Frimpong's battling qualities make him a favourite on and off the pitch, according to Arsène Wenger.
The Ghana-born midfielder has broken into the Arsenal first team this season and produced another high-octane display in the Carling Cup tie against Manchester City on Tuesday.
Frimpong and partner Francis Coquelin went toe-to-toe with City's illustrious midfield and Wenger thinks the teenager's tenacity makes him a big asset.
"He is a fighter and when he goes on the football pitch he does so to win the game," Wenger told Arsenal Player.
"You like to go to war with him because you know you can rely on him. He goes into every challenge to win the ball and that makes a difference because people see and feel that. That's why he is respected [by players and fans]."
Frimpong's taste for a tackle got him into trouble early in the campaign when a late challenge earned him a second yellow card against Liverpool but Wenger is confident that he will channel that enthusiasm.
"That's the target and it's down to the environment they have," he said. "But it's also down to their intelligence in life.
"You must understand how far you can go, where you are disrespectful and where you are not. You learn that as well. He is a good character, a positive boy who respects people and wants to do well. He is full of energy so of of course it is important to channel that in the right way."
The full interview with Wenger is now available on Arsenal Player.