Arsenal have confirmed the sale of French left-back Armand Traore to Premier League new boys Queens Park Rangers.
The 21-year-old, who signed from Monaco in 2006, was shipped out on lengthy loan spells to both Portsmouth and Juventus during his time with the Gunners after struggling to compete with Gael Clichy and Kieran Gibbs for a starting berth at the Emirates. His last act in an Arsenal shirt was to chew gum, while Nani and Park repeatedly jogged past him in Saturday’s nightmare defeat at Old Trafford.
He is understood to have signed a three year contract at Loftus Road with Arsene Wenger recouping a fee in the region of £1.5 million.
Traore’s place in the Arsenal first team squad looks set to be filled by 28-year-old Brazilian international Andre Santos. The Fenerbahce full-back will seal a move to the Emirates in the next 24 hours in a deal worth £6.5 million.
The lanky 26-year-old centre-back, who is valued at 10m euros, has long been courted by Arsenal and will challenge Johan Djourou and Laurent Koscielny for a place alongside Thomas Vermaelen.