By Nick Teale
 
Arsène Wenger has been so impressed by Armand Traore since his return from a loan spell at Portsmouth that he is ready to use him in a left-midfield role.
 
The left-back spent all of last season at Fratton Park, making 28 appearances under three different managers, including Gunners legend Tony Adams.

Traore is set to feature in tonight's Carling Cup clash with West Brom and, speaking ahead of the game, Wenger declared that the French youngster will prove a hit with the Arsenal fans.

"He can be a big surprise because he has improved a lot," claimed Wenger. "Technically, tactically, and mentally he is a lot more mature."
 
The 19-year-old has one Reserve-team appearance to his name so far this season and Wenger admits it will be difficult for Traore to get a chance in the first-team as a left-back with so much competition for that place.
 
"He does not get his chance at the moment because he's a left-back," said the manager. "We have Clichy, we have Gibbs, and we have Traore, so it's very difficult for him to get a chance.
 
"But I use him as well now in left-midfield because he has huge power and pace, a good cross, and he's a finisher as well."

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