African defender reveals Arsenal 'pressure'


Queens Park Rangers defender Armand Troare has spoken of the problems he endured while playing for Arsenal.

The Senegal left-back, who left Arsenal this summer after a six year career in North London, to join Neil Warnock's revelation at Loftus Road.

Traore made just 13 league appearances for The Gunners after signing professional term in 2006, with the likes of Gael Clichy and Kieron Gibbs restricting his involvement, something that hasn't been a problem at Rangers.

“I was explaining to a few of my relatives that I almost feel that I’m needed sometimes, where at times at Arsenal it was almost like, ‘well, if [Gael] Clichy is injured, if [Kieran] Gibbs is injured then maybe you can play’. So you never really know when you are going to play.

“It wasn’t the best conditions to focus and play every week. When you are more relaxed, you can do more things. This was my big problem. I didn’t play much, that’s for sure. I had some not-so-good games as well.”

“I put a lot of pressure on myself and it didn’t happen," he added.

“One time I spoke with Wenger and he said he knows what it's like. Even before the game started he said, ‘Your energy is almost gone because of the pressure. You think about the game too much, for the whole week.

“Now, it’s a different story. I can’t wait to play. I set myself goals for games like getting assists and making sure when I play left-back that the goals don’t come from my side.

“It’s completely different. I feel like I am more useful. I feel I can help the team more. Before I was a bit like, ‘Hmm, I don’t really want to play’. At some point I just wanted to go and play football."

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