Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger declared that Emmanuel Frimpong is a good enthusiastic player, but the Frenchman seems to think that the midfielder needs to dial down his energy in the attempt to keep it under control.
“I love his raw enthusiasm. I love it,” said the Frenchman. “The problem is to keep him on the right track.
“You don’t want to see him lose that. He’s a real fighter – you would love to go to war with Frimpong. But he also has to use his energy in a positive way because sometimes too much energy can be a handicap.
“He learns, because he has a good mixture of confidence, humility and energy. So after the heat [of the moment], he accepts that he needs to think about what is wrong and right.
“He can get influenced by the crowd. Football is mad about what the game wants, not what the fans in the stands want. Good players always respond to the game situation and making the right decision and taking all the emotional part out of it.
“That’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 a pass to make.”
Arsene Wenger is right, Frimpong needs to dial down his energy output because at time that energy makes him do stupid things on the field, just like the outburst he had against Samir Nasri after the Manchester City game.