Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes he can get Emmanuel Frimpong to realise his potential.
Frimpong has made confident strides into the first team this year and Wenger believes there is much to come.
The Frenchman believes his combative 19-year-old midfielder has the right attitude, but needs to channel his qualities to succeed at Emirates Stadium.
“I love his raw enthusiasm. The only problem is to keep him on the right track,” said Wenger.
“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.”
He added: “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.”
This praise is not lost on Frimpong, who is determined to take the chance he is currently being given, especially after his injury nightmare last season.
The Ghanaian-born Englishman was on the cusp of a first team breakthrough at the beginning of last season, until he ruptured a cruciate ligament in his knee just weeks before the season opener.
“I knew I would come back to play football [after the injury] but I felt I would never get the chance at Arsenal again,” said Frimpong.
“I had my chance and things were going well then I got my injury. At that time there were [other] players who were injured and I thought that they would be fit when I got back.
He added: “You had Song, Diaby and Ramsey all injured. [I thought] by the time I was back all these players would be fit so I didn’t think I would get a chance.
“But in football you can’t predict anything. I came back and I carried on from where I left off.
“Now I have to continue to play well to force the issue of playing in the first team. That is all I can do.”
Frimpong is expected to start in Arsenal’s final Champions League group stage fixture against Olympiacos tonight.
The Gunners have already secured top spot in Group F and Wenger is expected to give some of his fringe players a chance to impress.
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