UK time is: 11:01:44
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

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...

PLAY UP POMPEY!

Click here for a chance to win a free Pompey - Arsenal ticket!
Join the Vital Pompey Debate




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



For the very latest Premier League odds

Free 15 bet when you spend 5 on The New Football Pools




Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

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
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Portsmouth Articles

Awford knows his side...do you? (Thursday July 24 2014)

Progression pleases Awford (Thursday July 24 2014)

Another Pompey win (Wednesday July 23 2014)

AA not 'actively pursuing anyone' (Tuesday July 22 2014)

On this day in history...22nd July (Tuesday July 22 2014)

Pompey's key to success (Monday July 21 2014)

Archived Portsmouth Articles

List All Vital Pompey Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. pompeyrug 110
2. PFCblue 52
3. mslorna48 51
4. Lemmi 46
5. eastneydave 35
6. Emsworthianblue 22
7. pompeyloyal 13
8. Et_tu_Pompeii 10
9. NZ_Portsmuff 9
10. storagematt 8

League Results (view all)

Latest Results

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
14. Northampton 0 0 0 0 0 0
15. Oxford 0 0 0 0 0 0
16. Plymouth 0 0 0 0 0 0
17. Portsmouth 0 0 0 0 0 0
18. Shrewsbury 0 0 0 0 0 0
19. Southend 0 0 0 0 0 0
20. Stevenage 0 0 0 0 0 0

Breaking League News

Argyle's 1000th Player
Plymouth : 25/07/2014 10:00:00
Killie Fill Bradford Void
Morecambe : 25/07/2014 09:54:00
On this day in history...25th July
Portsmouth : 25/07/2014 07:00:00
Lots Of Bonding For Andy
Stevenage : 24/07/2014 21:36:00
Mangan Signs One Year Deal
Shrewsbury : 24/07/2014 21:20:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

AA says we are done but are we still short in...
Suggested By:  pompeyrug
Defence 56%
Midfield 0%
Attack 11%
In AA we trust! 33%