Wenger praises Frimpong's battling qualities

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he would take Emmanuel Frimpong to war with him, such is the faith he has in the midfield rookie.

Despite having only made 11 Arsenal career appearances, Frimpong has quickly shown his worth at the Emirates Stadium with his no-nonsense style in midfield.

The 19-year-old's enthusiasm may have seen him recklessly sent off against Liverpool earlier in the season, but Wenger is adamant he'd rely on the teenager whenever he's called upon.

"He is a fighter and when he goes on the football pitch he does so to win the game," Wenger said.

"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].

"That's the target and it's down to the environment they have," he added. "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."

Following the return of Alex Song from suspension and the signing of Mikel Arteta, Frimpong's involvement has been restricted to appearances in the Carling Cup and cameo showings in the Champions League.

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