QPR add Traore to growing squad
Arsenal full-back Armand Traore moved across London to join Premier League rivals Queens Park Rangers on Tuesday to become the latest signing made by the top-flight newcomers.
Traore has signed a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee on the eve of the transfer window deadline and just days after being a member of the Gunners' defence that let in eight goals during last weekend's 8-2 humiliation by Manchester United -- his lone Premier League appearance in the last 15 months.
The 21-year-old Frenchman has become the third signing since Malaysian businessman Tony Fernandes took control of QPR following Joey Barton and Luke Young, who joined from top-flight rivals Newcastle and Aston Villa respectively.
Traore joined Arsenal as a youth player from French club Monaco in 2006 and, while he featured in all major competitions for the Gunners, he made just 32 appearances in total for Arsene Wenger's team.
The left-back had season-long loan spells with Portsmouth in 2008/09 and, last term, with Italian giants Juventus. He has represented France at U-17, U-18 and U-19 levels.
An Arsenal statement said: "Everyone at Arsenal Football Club would like to wish Armand well for his career at Loftus Road."