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Traore sees an Arsenal future

Not for the first time on loan youngster Armand Traore has stressed that he does see himself having a long-term future at Arsenal, well he at least hopes to have a long-term future at Arsenal...

The left sided player - who was signed as a left back methinks has been used as a wingback, but mostly a left winger with Pompey - seems to have a good attitude about him as he says that he is looking to break into the Arsenal side 'in a few seasons time', but is 'determined to make it at Arsenal' with him also knowing that patience is the key to this, so as long as he does have a future he is happy to bide his time to get the chance.

Without a doubt Traore is highly talented, we have seen it on a number of occasions this season and his link-up with Nadir Belhadj at times was breathtaking, second to none - certainly the best left sided link-up play I have seen us have for some time, arguable the best link-up play on either flank! Guimaraes at Fratton in the uefa cup and the uefa game with Milan, of course also at Fratton, are just a couple of examples of the combination in full flow that spring to mind. Also the counter attacking play at Bristol City in the FA cup replay was a pleasure to watch.

Given the situation we found ourselves in, and still do, change had to be made and the Herminator has again made the left back spot his own so that partnership was broken up but then injury to Traore for a large part of the year so far has seen his input very limited, but I hope that he still has a part to play this season.

I had started to question why he was not more involved since around January time. Yep, I knew he had been injured, but did not realise it was such a problematic hip injury and despite playing for the French u21 side during the week he suffered a knock to his ankle so this looks to have set him back again, but he insists that he can still 'offer something to the team', and I agree.

He still has a lot to learn but in a few years time I think he could be a fantastic talent, the final delivery needs working on as this has let him down so often, but the pace and skill factor that he has frightens the life out of so many. There is a chance that he 'might' be loaned out again next season, and staying at Fratton is not something that he would be opposed to. I would be delighted if he did stay with Pompey, even if it was only on loan, and to be honest as good a player as I think he could be I feel he 'might' be another of the highly talented youngsters that are really good, but not quite good enough for Arsenal - I think another youngster, Kieron Gibbs, has quite possibly even moved ahead of him in their pecking order, but he would certainly be good enough for Pompey.

I have said before countless times, but I will say it again, 'if' Arsenal seriously do want Niko Kranjcar and he wants to go, which seems likely, I would be insisting on Traore being part of the deal with some cash. But then again it all depends on Arsene Wenger, and if he does see the 19-year-old as having a future with the Gooners...

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday April 2 2009

Time: 11:50AM

Your Comments

I would like him to stay, and I agree that a deal with Niko going the other way would be a good option. He just needs to learn to cross a wee bit better.
sneakay
I would like him to stay, and I agree that a deal with Niko going the other way would be a good option. He just needs to learn to cross a wee bit better.
sneakay
I loved watching him and Belhadj streak down the edge of the pitch. It was magic!
Gandor1
I loved watching him and Belhadj streak down the edge of the pitch. It was magic!
Gandor1
I bet you did Gandor!!!! lol
pentonpompey
I bet you did Gandor!!!! lol
pentonpompey
he's quick, but no end product. Having said that, lennon is quick, and has no end product, and is being praised by the media and Mr Cappello a lot at the moment, so who knows?
pompeycarpet
he's quick, but no end product. Having said that, lennon is quick, and has no end product, and is being praised by the media and Mr Cappello a lot at the moment, so who knows?
pompeycarpet
He is an exciting prospect, but if his heart is with the Gooners, then so be it. Mind you Glen Johnson saw a future at Chelski when he was on loan here too. I'm not sure that Wenger is going to be up for this swop deal idea though. It would be nice to keep Traore here, but if we can't we've just got to get on without him.
tracyc
He is an exciting prospect, but if his heart is with the Gooners, then so be it. Mind you Glen Johnson saw a future at Chelski when he was on loan here too. I'm not sure that Wenger is going to be up for this swop deal idea though. It would be nice to keep Traore here, but if we can't we've just got to get on without him.
tracyc
I never thought we'd keep him. The Traore Belhadj thing was special though wasn't it. A thing of beauty
hammersmithblue
I never thought we'd keep him. The Traore Belhadj thing was special though wasn't it. A thing of beauty
hammersmithblue
A good prospect but not the finished article yet.. One for the future I reckon but just wish it was ours and not the gooners.. that said tracyc point about Johnson is spot on... Armand might just change his mind when he goes back..
Chix
A good prospect but not the finished article yet.. One for the future I reckon but just wish it was ours and not the gooners.. that said tracyc point about Johnson is spot on... Armand might just change his mind when he goes back..
Chix
that is very true tracy, the only problem is we do not have jamie's dad to convince him that we are the way to go this time like we did with johnson... there were a few rumours that he wanted him at spurs!
pompeyrug
that is very true tracy, the only problem is we do not have jamie's dad to convince him that we are the way to go this time like we did with johnson... there were a few rumours that he wanted him at spurs!
pompeyrug
 

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