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Traore signs new Arsenal contract

Armand Traore
Arsene Wenger has high hopes for Traore

Arsenal defender Armand Traore has signed a new long-term contract to stay at the Emirates Stadium, the North London club has confirmed.

The 18-year-old French under-19 international has made 18 first team appearances for the Gunners since joining from Monaco in 2005.

But manager Arsene Wenger sees him as back-up for left-back Gael Clichy.

"Everyone at Arsenal is delighted that Armand has extended his contract," said a statement on the club website.

Traore has predominantly been used in the Carling Cup, making 10 appearances in the competition, including starting against Chelsea in the 2007 final.

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