Date: 17th October 2007 at 4:16am
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Armand Traore has said that he would prefer to stay at Arsenal and be the second choice left back rather than go on loan, although is willing to lend himself out if Arsene thinks that would be best.

Traore arrived at Arsenal in a cloud of mystery, but left no mystery to how good a player he is with a string of excellent performances running up to, and including last seasons Carling Cup Final.

The French defender showed he is wise beyond his years after speaking with the official club website.

‘I have spoken with the boss (Arsene Wenger) and he has said the position of official second-choice left-back is there for me.’

‘It doesn’t mean it will be always there, though. So I must just keep trying hard in training and when I am asked to play, just show that I can do it.’

‘I think I am going to stay at Arsenal and still try to keep improving every day in training. I wanted to do that rather than go on loan, but when I speak to the manager (in future) and he tells me that it has to be done, then of course it will be done.’

Having spoken with someone with extremely close connections with the club, I am assured Armand has the ability to go on to be better than Arsenal’s current left back, Gael Clichy. Only time will tell.