As we all know, Armand Traore has joined QPR today on a 3-year deal. Here’s some more information on our new left back.
Born in Paris in 1989 (making him a young 21-year old – well, nearly 22 as his birthday’s 8th October!), Traore signed for Monaco in July 2004 as a youth team player. He stayed with the French club for one year before Arsene Wenger snapped him up, in July 2005. However, Traore has failed to establish himself at Arsenal and was sent out on year-long loans to both Porstmouth (in 2008/2009) and Juventus (in 2010/2011).
The left-back, who can also (and often has) play as a left-winger, has stated that he has moved to Loftus Road because he wants to get regular first-team football.
Traore, who has already asked all Rangers fans to forget the fact that he featured for the Gunners on Sunday in that match – claiming he wasn’t supposed to play but was drafted in as a very late replacement due to injuries and suspensions at the crisis club – has said that Warnock was very passionate: ‘He was very motivated about playing me week in, week out, and that’s what I need at this stage of my career. I’m looking forward to coming here and playing regular football’
Traore continued: ‘The ambition of the new owners and the calibre of players they are signing is something that really attracted me to the Club.’
Warnock admitted: ‘Armand has been my number one defensive target for a while now. I’ve been speaking to Arsene Wenger for a couple of weeks.
‘He’s a young and exciting lad who I think can only get better playing for a side like ourselves on a regular basis. he needs games and he’ll get that here.’
Warnock acknowledged that no-one had yet seen the best of Traore (a fact my Gooner supporting other halves have confirmed – and they, by the way, are convinced that he’ll be a great asset for us and that Warnock will probably get the best out of him!) Clearly, Warnock was not fazed by the Gunner’s collapse on Sunday – nor the fact that Traore did have a part to play in that debacle!
Warnock will look to use Traore on the left hand side – a side I think we all agree has needed ‘fixing’ for sometime now!
Traore will wear the Number 13 shirt – guess that’ll be lucky for him!
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