Date:Tuesday August 30 2011
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!
We want to know YOUR thoughts!
To have your say you can comment in the space provided below, or chat about it on the forum.
Date:Tuesday August 30 2011
In The Niko Time (Tuesday September 23 2014)
Stats: Queens Park Rangers v Stoke City (Saturday September 20 2014)
One to Watch - Mame Biram Diouf (Friday September 19 2014)
QPR v Stoke City - Match Preview (Friday September 19 2014)
QPR Hit For Four - Again (Sunday September 14 2014)
Stats: Man Utd v QPR (Sunday September 14 2014)
Manchester United v QPR - Match Preview (Saturday September 13 2014)
Kranjcar Returns To QPR (Monday September 1 2014)
Sandro Signs (Monday September 1 2014)
Transfer Deadline Day Live Blog (Monday September 1 2014)
|3.||The Uncredibale Hulk||16|
|15. Crystal Palace||5||1||2||2||-2||5|
|Sunderland v Stoke City: Team News
» Sunderland : 23/09/2014 19:05:00
|Liverpool: LFC vs. Middlesbrough Team News
» Liverpool : 23/09/2014 19:04:00
|Blues make changes for Swansea trip
» Everton : 23/09/2014 18:56:00
|Ole Set for New Role!
» Man Utd : 23/09/2014 18:32:00
|Things Are Far From Hunky Dory
» Man Utd : 23/09/2014 18:05:00