Traore future hangs in the balance

Written by Chris Wheatley


Armand Traore will find out in the coming days whether he’ll be staying at Arsenal, with the Frenchman eagerly waiting on the outcome of Gael Clichy’s ongoing contract talks.

The 21-year-old, who had a largely unsuccessful loan spell at Italian giants Juventus playing just 10 Serie A games, started his final game in Gary Neville’s testimonial match at Old Trafford last week.

Traore’s fellow countryman Clichy is expected to put pen to paper on a long-term contract extension soon, although manager Arsene Wenger is hesitant over handing the inconsistent left-back a £20,000 pay rise.

Another problem Traore faces is Kieran Gibbs, who has made further inroads this season due to Clichy’s injury troubles. The Englishman is currently Clichy’s reserve which leaves Traore as third choice left-back.

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£20,000 pay rise? That can’t be right, he needs a £10,000 pay decrease. I like clichy, but he’s not that great at all. Hell, him and Traore can go. Gibbs needs to be in midfield, not convincing at the back and at least we’ll have a left winger who can cross and track back to defend a bit.


we need clichy to say, hes had a bad season but hes still a great player.


in my view traore is a better left back than gibbs. gibbs is just overhyped due to the fact he is english, he hasn’t eally impressed me at all this season


they is all too overhyped in da madness world of premiership. it is an unreal world so removed from us normal guyz that it is a planet and two and then one more away in da distance


Kieran gibbs is better than clichy, traore.

Problem with gibbs is that he hasnt played games!

You need a run of games to perform consistently!

If you dont games how can you improve?


Your Kidding an extra £20’000!! we can go out and get a left back that can defend and not panic for the wages he’s gonna be on!! And who’s better out of Traore n Gibbs??!?!? Erm Gibbs just for me but there bothe converted from attackers or wingers and every time ive seen Traore play he’s been sh*te


Clichy has been a good player but i feel he has failed on the offside trap so often, the most obvious case is barca at home for me, againt a what if but imagine if we had kept a clean sheet. Gibbs is far too suspect at the back, he struggled against leyton orient so would rather have traore as cover for a new man if clichy leaves, the celtic lad would go down a treat for me. CLichy has his price but we have bigger fish to fry


@John: Aswell what hasnt helped Gibbs is everytime he plays he gets injured


Gibs is a flop he always loose hs position the last 2 games arshavin coverd 4 hm most armad traore is beta player.


The most inteligent thing that Arsenal can do is put on loan both.. they must go to a PL team where they can get minutes and experiencie.. while arsene wenger must buy a topclass leftback like contreau


None of em are arsenal quality for left back. Move vermaelen to left back and gibbs to left wing sell the other 2 and buy a left sided centre half like vertonghen. If gibbs or botelho then can’t nail down the left wing spot go for hazard next season.


What about Pedro Botelho? Isn’t he meant to be good? I’d say keep Pedro and Gibbs.


I believe we have a problem at left back. Traore has had his time and should go, Clichy has had an average season and shown he can’t defend. Gibbs has been poor for his standards compared to last year. If Wenger has any sense, he should sell Clichy and sign Baines instead, with Gibbs in reserve.


Agreed,Traore has proven with all his loan moves that he simply isn’t good enough.Clichy should have been more concerned by his “average” form ,this year, rather than his wages and Gibbs has gone backwards.I was wondering whether a year playing at left back would help Konscielny adapt to to the EPL?This could pptentially free up a little more money for the potential purchase of Cahill.Unfortunately it looks like our tight fisted Manager would rather spend half as much on Blackburn’s inferior version of Sol!


I think Gibbs needs to be given in attacking role, he isn’t best in left back because he is good in technique and pace. And also for me Clichy is not good enough, sell him and buy a new one instead of raising his wage. Buy someone like Leighton Baines and Traore for backup.


@Pritpal: I agree gibbs has been poor this season, but he was good the two seasons before. I do agree that he is liked more because he is english, and in fact he and traore are quite close. If anything traore looks more like a left back to me, whereas gibbs would do better in midfield, maybe even as a centre mid.


Traore can cross better than Gibbs, and is faster than Gibbs, otherwise Gibbs is superior.

You have to remember though, Gibbs started off as a central midfielder, moved across as a wide midfielder, so isn’t a natural defender. As a midfielder, he’s not as good as our other options, as a left back, he’s a reasonable option, but we only have 4 (Clichy, Gibbs, Traore and Pedro) to choose from.

Saying that, I think Pedro will come into the squad, has been very, very impressive at Cartagena.

Peter Efe

Clichy lacks the ability the read plays!
I would love to se Baines in an Arsenal shirt!


Gibbs has only started 3 games in the premiership!

He’s got more talent than clichy, traore.

He just needs to stay injury free!

Traore’s future is obviously linked to Clichy’s. Which is why its important that we discuss Clichy’s future before Traore’s. I believe that Clichy’s time is up. He’s obviously trying to get a better contract but one that his performances don’t deserve. In my opinion, the LB situation is THE MOST critical one right now. In the last few weeks of the season, I remember in an interview Wenger conceded to the fact that the average height of the team was shorter than it should be, as reflected by the no. of goals conceded by us on set pieces. And he… Read more »
Gibbs had been poor this season. You may say that he needs game to get into the groove however most of his mistakes have been technical errors rather than physical errors.I think that he has reached its peak ability. Traore had really progressed at Juventus. One year of Italian defensive coaching gave him huge pointers to correct his positional deficiencies. Most of his loans have been successful, at Portsmouth he was in playing week in week out, then Tony Adams went in and changed everything (it pains me to say not for the better). That is when he lost his… Read more »
In the last games that Gibbs played, he was really mediocre. He only defended and rarely helped the attacking play. Sometimes he was not in his position and his teammates couldn’t find him so that they could pass the ball down the left side. If Gibbs will be our first choice left back next year then it would be a risk decision, because it will be the first season he will play as first choice and if he doesn’t perform in the first 4-5 matches then every fan will be upset with him (as it now happens with Arshavin, Bendtner,… Read more »
ok, everybody`s talking about the left back situation, but anyone thinking right back is also a problem? i mean, yes we have sagna, who is top class, but eboue is not a solid back up for me. my oppinion is that eboue should be used as a winger, he is a great dribbler, can shoot and creating chances, but defensively i dont think he is good enough. i would take coleman from everton, solid back up and can play winger, very talented guy. imo gael clichy should leave the club. he has had enough time to prove his ability since… Read more »
gooner 4 lyf

deffo keep clichy n gibbs dnt mind if traore left… although he iz a good plya clichy n gibbs r far superior 2 him