As the summer transfer window came to a close yesterday, Arsenal fans were once again left depleted and disappointed after manager Arsene Wenger failed to secure the services of any players. Despite the ongoing goalkeeping conundrum and the lack of numbers still occurring in the backline, the Frenchman was unable to add to his current roster.
However, a number of players were sent away from the Emirates on loan spells in order to aid their growth and development. This is a ploy that has been utilized for several years now Wenger. The prospect of loaning players off to other clubs enables the youngsters to gain sufficient experience and mature as players.
The most notable transfer loanee was left back Armand Traore. The Frenchman, who arrived at the Gunners in 2006 from French giants Monaco, completed a season long spell to Italian giants Juventus. Traore, whose last loan spell was during the 2008/2009 season where he impressed greatly with Portsmouth, was a solid contributor in defence last season especially in the absences of Gael Clichy and Kieran Gibbs, the routine left defenders.
Despite looking shaky for the Gunners, Traore is overflowing with promise and also boast a handy attacking palete. Blessed with great pace and footwork, the former AS Monaco performer is versatile and strong complimenting both his defensive and attacking attributes.
But having completed his loan deal, what will the future hold for Armand Traore at Arsenal?
With Kieran Gibbs showing great promise and Pedro Botelho, currently on loan in Spain, also performing well, alongside Gael Clichy’s current dominance. The young gun could struggle to implement himself back into the Arsenal squad thus seeing his time at the Emirates ended.
There’s no denying Traore is a talent but does this loan spell beckon the close of his Arsenal career?