By Nick Teale
 
Armand Traore says that prior to his current run in the first-team he had expected to leave Arsenal on loan this January.
 
The French defender spent last term with Portsmouth and had the opportunity to make another short-term move at the start of this season.
 
However after speaking to manager Arsène Wenger the 20-year-old decided to wait for a first-team opportunity with the Gunners.
 
"I've always spoken about taking my chances at Arsenal," he told Arsenal TV Online.
 
"Now I've had a little bit of a run in the team and it's gone well and I'm feeling more and more confident every time I play.
 
"At the start of the season the boss asked me to be patient so when I had the chance to go on loan I decided to wait until the winter transfer window and see what happens.
 
"Until the time I started playing I was convinced I was going to go on loan in January but then we had a few injuries at left-back so I had to come in.
 
"When you have to come in you have to prove to everyone that you can play so it was a bit of a tricky situation but it went well."

  • his run in the first team
  • showing his ability at the top level
  • how his loan spell at Portsmouth helped him
  • improving his crossing
  • the competition at left-back
  • the atmosphere among the players
  • clawing back ground in the title race
  • the postponement of the Bolton game
  • the Everton game
  • how he prepares for a match
  • the Gallas and Vermaelen partnership
  • his assessment of the first half of the season
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