By Richard Clarke in Austria
There has been an extra spring in the step of Armand Traore
during training this week.
The 17-year-old French left back is desperate to force his way into the Arsenal side for Saturday's game with Paris St-Germain in the Emirates Cup.
Traore was a regular at Parc de Princes in his youth and describes himself as a "massive fan". Even a late appearance as a substitute would be enough to fulfil one of his burning ambitions in football.
"As soon as I heard PSG were coming to Emirates I was really happy," he told Arsenal.com. "I said to myself I would have to work hard in pre-season.
"I was a massive supporter of PSG when I was younger. I used to go with all my friends on Saturdays to cheer them on.
"Probably their best players right now are Pauleta, Marcelo Gallardo and Mario Yepes. It would be great for me to play against them. I have been thinking about it a lot. Even if I get one minute or two it will be great for me."
There is another incentive for Traore of course - establishing himself in the first team squad. Last season brought him seven appearances, including a start in the Carling Cup Final. However he is yet to figure in the Champions League or Premier League. He believes this tournament can help to change that.
"I care about all the games I play," he said. "I still have not made it yet and I need to impress the boss and make him believe that I can do it.
"I really love the Emirates Stadium and the atmosphere there. I am looking forward to this tournament and I think it is going to be a great chance for me."
Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 24 Jul 2007