Aaron Ramsey insists Arsene Wenger has no equal when it comes to getting the best out of young players.
The Arsenal boss has seen his policy of bringing through emerging stars come under fire after his much-changed side were knocked out of the Carling Cup by Manchester City in midweek.
The cup exit had been preceded by a 3-0 Premier League home defeat at the hands of Chelsea, where the visitors out-muscled Wenger's side on their way to a comfortable victory.
But Ramsey, who helped the Gunners bounce back with a goal in Saturday's 2-0 success over Stoke City, believes the Frenchman should stick to his guns.
"The way Arsene manages young players is the best around. His man-management is excellent," the 18-year-old told the News of the World.
"He is the boss and all the players have respect for him and listen to what he has to say.
"Arsene is really intelligent and knows what he is doing. Just look at the number of players who have come through the ranks here. He's doing something right.
"For a young player a lot goes through your mind, but Arsene is a father figure who encourages you and tells you how to improve. He has already had a big impact on my career."
Ramsey, who joined Arsenal in a £5million deal from Cardiff in summer 2008, revealed how Wenger is always looking to focus the minds of his youngsters.
The Wales international had an unhappy afternoon at the Stadium of Light recently as they Gunners went down 1-0, but Wenger was quickly giving him tips on how to improve his performances.
"It wasn't my best game for the club and he pulled me aside at the training ground," said Ramsey. "He told me: 'You lost concentration a few times and didn't make the correct decisions'.
"Then he told me he wanted me to improve my decision-making. It was great to have that feedback straight away.
"For him to pull you aside like that is a big confidence boost. He does it often, and if he says good things it makes you feel really good about yourself.
"As a player you want to improve on your weaknesses and when he says something, you listen."