Gael Clichy is hoping to be selected for the Carling Cup Final but admits that Armand Traore deserves the left back berth in Cardiff.

The 21-year-old's only starting appearance in the run to the Final came at West Brom in October. It was his first 90 minutes of the season after two separate breaks in his foot had kept him out almost a year - barring two games at the back end of last season

Like Clichy, Traore was plucked from a south-coast French side before he had made his mark. However, along with Denilson, he has established himself as Arsenal's 'find' of this season's Carling Cup with impressive displays against Everton, Liverpool and Tottenham.

"Yes he had done well when he has come in," said Clichy. "And I think he deserves to play against Chelsea.

"But if the boss wants me to play I will be more than happy.  The Carling Cup Final is the Carling Cup Final and, when you are at Arsenal, you want to play every game.

"Perhaps it means more to me than others because I was away [injured] for a year. It would be amazing for me and if I have to play one more game this week then I will do my best."

8/1 - Carling Cup Final: One-nil to the Arsenal

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22 Feb 2007