Arsenal full-back Armand Traore insists he will return to the Emirates a better player after excelling under the guidance of Harry Redknapp at Portsmouth.
Traore is on a season-long loan deal at Fratton Park and has already established himself as an integral part of the team, drawing high praise from his surrogate manager for his role in the team’s recent victory over Stoke City, where he excelled on the left wing.
“I am enjoying it a lot because I am playing in lots of games. That’s what I came for,” Traore told The News.
“Most of all, I am definitely improving as a player.”
The 19-year-old fleet footed star heaped praise on Pompey boss Harry Redknapp for giving him plenty of opportunies in the starting line up.
“Harry has been very good. He’s doing what he promised before I came to Portsmouth. He is giving me games, giving me the experience and I am better because of it.
“I’m happy. I get on very well with everyone and I am getting the experience and that is down to the manager. I thank him for that.
“I have learned how to play in different situations, things like simple passing, control and my awareness. My game in these areas has improved, definitely.”
Traore’s pace and skill at left midfield potentially gives us so much more going forward, and with his relative lack of involvement in our Premier and Champions League campaigns until now, introducing him to the Premier League as a wide midfielder could be like having a new signing for next season.
He has all the ability – provided he has the right attitude and commitment to learning his new trade, he’s another one of our boys who could make it to the very, very top. Watching the rest of his progress this season will be very, very interesting.
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