Traore and Barazite happy with their progress

Arsenal youngsters Armand Traore and Nacer Barazite have revealed that they are happy with their development at Arsenal and are looking to improve further.

   Although now a member of the first-team squad, Traore stil turns out regularly for the reserves and has excelled recently in the position of left-midfield, and it’s something the Frenchman is happy with

 It’s my position originally in football so I kind of found myself normally in the left wing,”

“I’m starting to enjoy playing there more and more and, yes, it’s better for me.”

And Armand hasn’t ruled out fulfilling the position in the first-team as well

It’s the boss’ decision of course but if he thinks I could play in midfield for the first team then I would do it. I would be more than happy to do it.

“You don’t have to defend as much [on the left wing] but the positioning is pretty much the same. Obviously I get to attack more and attacking is one of my strong points.”


Barazite meanwhile is the Reserves’ top scorer and notched against Derby on Monday night, speaking about that game he said,

“It was nearly a perfect game,” “With all respect, Derby are not the strongest side we have played this season, but they are a very young team. We stayed focused on the job and played the game our way and we won in style.

“For us to win so well was a big boost to the Club because the Reserve team is an important part of Arsenal. It showed the way we play football runs to all the levels.

Nacer also spoke about how important it is to finish off the season in style. The Gunners stretched their unbeaten run to five matches by overcoming Derby and round off the season with fixtures against West Ham and Aston Villa.

“Neil [Banfield] had told us to strive for a high finish in the league. If we win the next two games we can finish second or third I think and that would be a huge achievement for this young side. It is testament to how much we have improved. But we have done well already anyway.”

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In other news, Gavin Hoyte is in action for England u-18s against Austria at Hartlepool. Check back tomorrow to find out how he gets on.

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