Armand Traore will seek plenty of advice if he gets the nod for Sunday's Carling Cup Final.

The French left back will start against Chelsea if his compatriot Gael Clichy fails to shrug off a foot injury. Traore will look to his team-mates and coaches for words of wisdom ahead of the biggest game of his fledgling career.

"Yes, I will definitely ask Gael for advice, and Kolo Toure as well and Pat Rice and Steve Bould," Traore told Arsenal TV Online.

"Steve Bould has played a big part in my progress. He's a top-class defender and he really helped me when I came to Arsenal because before that I couldn't defend that well. I have improved because of him.

"My concentration has improved a lot, it has to when you play at this level. And my defending is better too."

Traore has featured in every game during Arsenal's run to the Carling Cup Final. He admits that nerves will still be a factor at the Millennium Stadium - but only until the first whistle.

"I get nervous before the game but when the referee blows the whistle I don't think about it any more. Once I am on the pitch I can relax and play my game."

Subscribers can now hear the full audio interview with Armand. In it he talks about: the support of his family in Cardiff, his surprise at playing a Final so early in his career, fixture congestion, his big-match preparation and his highlight of the Carling Cup run.

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23 Feb 2007