By Richard Clarke
Arsène Wenger is looking to harness and channel the raw enthusiasm of Arsenal's latest midfield soldier - Emmanuel Frimpong.
The powerfully-built 19-year-old is enjoying a breakthrough season at the Club. He was impressive on his full debut against Liverpool back in August and highly effective against Manchester City in the Carling Cup last week.
Having won Group F, Wenger is using some of his squad players for the Champions League trip to Olympiacos on Tuesday night. And, if it gets tough in Greece, he knows Frimpong can be relied upon.
"I love his raw enthusiasm," remarked the Frenchman. "The only problem is to keep him on the right track. Like every generous guy, you don't want to see him lose that. He's a real fighter. You would love to go to war [alongside] Frimpong.
"But he also has to use his energy in a positive way because sometimes too much energy can be a handicap.
"He has a good mixture of confidence, humility and energy. He learns as well. So after the heat, he accepts that he needs to think about what is wrong and right."
Overeagerness saw Frimpong sent off late in that Liverpool game and, on occasion, he has responded to shouts of "shoot" from the crowd.
"Football is made about what the game wants not what the fans in the stands want," said Wenger. "Good players always respond to the game situation and make the right decision taking all the emotional part out of it.
"It's a question of experience. When you are young you think you have a strong shot and people say: 'come on have a go.' You are tempted to do it even though you have a pass to make.
"At 24 you think: 'come on, I have that pass to make'."Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 5 Dec 2011