Silencing Fratton Park key – Traore

Armand Traore is hoping Arsenal can silence the “amazing” Fratton

Park faithful on Wednesday as the Gunners look to triumph over


The French left-back spent last season on loan at the

south-coast outfit, who have since been through three managers and

as many owners.

Traore gained some much-needed first-team experience with

Pompey, including the chance to play in the UEFA Cup.

Now, though, the 20-year-old is fully focussed on making the

most of his chance with Arsene Wenger’s team following injuries to

Gael Clichy and Kieran Gibbs.

“It was a little bit of a mixed year for me. I played a few

games and gained some experience, which was good, but changing

managers and all the injuries was not so good,” Traore told Arsenal

TV Online.

“The fans at Fratton Park are unbelievable, one of the best

games was against AC Milan – it was so loud, they were cheering

like crazy.

“They always cheer whatever happens, and I think they are


Traore, who joined Arsenal from Monaco in 2005, added:

“Portsmouth have made a few headlines, but I think that is a bit

harsh because they play good football still and I hope they will go

back up the table.

“They have some confidence after beating Liverpool, but then

they lost to West Ham. Hopefully we can do something against them.”

The Gunners have dragged themselves back into the title race

with four wins from five Premier League games, and have a match in

hand on the sides around them.

Traore feels Arsenal – who are likely to be without injured

captain Cesc Fabregas for a couple of weeks – must just concentrate

on their own consistency.

“If we want to win the title, we just have to win all the

games,” he said. “The boss always has a strong belief in the team,

and when you have that it helps a lot.

“Whenever anyone questions Arsenal, he will always back his


Fabregas is set to have a scan on his injured hamstring today

after pulling up when scoring a crucial second goal in the 3-0 win

over Aston Villa on Sunday. If it is another strain, then the Spain

midfielder could be set for an extended spell on the sidelines.

The 22-year-old, though, remains committed to the Gunners

cause. He told Spanish newspaper Marca: “There has been talk about

[Real Madrid and Barcelona] since the summer and the only thing I

am doing is thinking about my club, Arsenal, and seeing how I can

help my team-mates.

“I have a cool head, I am very happy at Arsenal and in

England and there is still a lot for me to do. That is all I can

say to you.

“I am not thinking about anything else. I am very content and

have a good deal still to do in the Premier League.” Fabregas

added: “The only thing that concerns me right now is this injury.

“I want to get over this little muscle problem I have at the

moment as soon as possible.”