Traore tells of Pompey relief
Armand Traore has learnt to cope with the demands of regular Premier League action.
Last Updated: 21/10/08 6:02pm
Armand Traore has learnt to cope with the demands of regular Premier League action since moving to Portsmouth.
The Frenchman is on a season-long loan at Fratton Park from Arsenal, having struggled to break into Arsene Wenger's first-team plans in North London.
He concedes that his lack of action with the Gunners saw him become desperate to impress on any rare outing he was awarded.
As a result, he feels his performances were hindered by the considerable pressure he was placing upon himself.
Now, as a fixture of Harry Redknapp's eye-catching Pompey side, he believes that weight of expectation has been lifted from his shoulders, allowing him to enjoy his football once more.
Traore told The News: "I'm enjoying my football here and I am learning all the time. I've learned how to save energy.
"Before at Arsenal I would use it all and then I would have none left.
"Now I've learned how to cope with the pressure and there are fewer problems.
"When I was at Arsenal I felt I had to show the boss he was right to choose me, and I had to perform. That's not happened here.
"The first few games were hard. I was getting cramps because I was not used to the tempo.
"I didn't recover well. But now my body is more used to it. Now it is getting better. I recover much quicker."