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Traore Arrested At White Hart Lane

Arsenal wonder kid, Armand Traore was arrested on Saturday, and formally cautioned, for amazingly taking a set of knuckle dusters to White Hart Lane.

As I flicked through the daily rags this morning my eyes widened with astonishment as I read the article informing me of Traore's arrest.

The young Frenchman was arrested after Armand tried to gain entry to White Hart Lane for the first North London derby of the season after being omitted from the squad.

Traore, 17, was asked to empty his pockets at the turnstiles of WHL where it was revealed the left-back had a set of KNUCKLE DUSTERS in his pocket.

He was immediately arrested, along with a friend and taken into custody for questioning. He was later released after being formally cautioned.

The apparent difference in laws between England and France were the reason that Traore didn't realise he was doing anything wrong.

But I choose to believe that he'd been forewarned of the pleasant reception you receive at WHL and worried he might be recognised.

Funny? or Idiotic?

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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday September 18 2007

Time: 1:49PM

Your Comments

A little of both. :)
Way to sit on the fence GK. It was very silly, but me thinks this will heighten AT to legendary status amongst some sections of supporters.
What was he thinking! Can't see Wenger being too impressed with that.
I don't know whether the "laws different in England and France" thing was just a way of diffusing the situation or what. Still, it does seem a crazy thing to do. Topspur, do they often search the pockets of people entering WHL?
It's the highlight of the week :)
Why the hell do football players carry knuckle dusters?
Yes Rocky they do search pockets. A mate of mine had his marajuana confiscated a few years back. Funny thing was he used to smoke it to calm him down. He was a f*** ng wreck.
Lmao @ HS. What I was wondering was why didn't he just go along with the team?
That's idiotic, noq uestion. There's only one reason you carry something like that. Plus, he had the choice of being a pro kickboxer, what the hell would he need a knuckleduster for?
Little Dutch
Not usually Rocky7! Makes you wonder if he was acting the goat, or if he was flashing them about. Their had to be a reason for them searching him, strange situation really
to smack spuds
Topspur, fans in the away end are oftern subjected to a search at WHL. I nearly always am. I think they are worried we may be concealing a riot shield up or shirts.
No necassirily LD, a mate of mine used to carry a lethal pair of knuckledusters with spikes on them, yet he was soft as shlt and had never been in a fight in his entire
Rocky, I'm not surprised mate. I wouldn't fancy fighting him either if i knew he had them in his sky rocket.
Lol. Nah, he's a mouse who hates confrontation, he just thought he was cool way back when!
He's a young lad with a great future infront of him, why risk getting involved in something where he could lose an eye and destroy his career
good point about why he didn't go with the team, rocky. Maybe it's just a bull***** story by the papers? To make Chimbonda feel better...
Footballers aren;'t generally renowned for their intelligence. Even French ones.
Have we let you have it yet Topspur????
imo topspur was too sensible to get our juices flowing. brings out the decency in us! he capitulated - that's when you stop smacking them...
I always find it far more dignified to chuckle quietly to yourself afri. You never know when the tables will be turned. Mind you, by the time Spurs beat us we'll probably be more concerned with having our colostomy bag changed and drawing our pension on time.
It's the norm for away fans to be frisked at WHL, but there's no question that Traore was stupid to carry somehting like that. Like I say, this guy had the chance to be a pro kickboxer, if there was any bother (not at all unlikely at the Lane) I'd chance that he could take care of himself no trouble.
Little Dutch
hatespur, chuckling quietly to myself is usually my only option. I don't think I've met a Spurs fan here in Namibia. Wonder why?
I accept Traore's excuse - there are countries in Europe that allow these things, as well as knife-carrying in public. Sounds foreign to us in the UK, but it's true.
Namibia? Blimey mate that's a trek. And I moan about having to walk the extra 10 minutes to the Emirates:)
Trust me, when (and if) I get to London, I'll treasure every minute of walking to the Emirates! So in a nutshell: Namibia is good because it is a spud-free zone, but on the downside it's about 12000km's from the Emirates! Where would you rather be?
Not yet hatespur!
That might be why it's a spud free zone, spuds love their football.
Jesus! It's coming back to me, I think I might even had bet prit & iceman that I would where a gooners shirt if we lost. Oh well! Nice talking to you guy's, I think I'll just go and throw my self in the liffey (that's a river in Dublin)
lol afri spud free zone obviously
maybe this will stop you labelling our fans as thugs, now its clear you have one as a player. Makes Wenger's "violence" comments about Blackburn all the more funnier! lol
Jacky B
Imagine how the shirt would feel Topspur being that close to a Spud. a Spud in a gooner shirt would just look like a spud in a gooner shirt. Bit like putting a bow tie on a turd. It wouldn't look or smell any better:)
i've got AKA47's and 9mm's i dont wanna get caught,Armand,u got the right to protect yoself its yo life haha
Jacky, were you proud of the fella trying to get on the pitch when the resulting re-taken free kick created our equaliser? I bet you laughed.
Topspur the bet was who would finish highest...........whats your shirt size mate!
He has only reminded you because he wants to try the decent shirt out iceman.
Blimey topspur not another suicidal bet?!, I await the outcome of ours most eagerly next year (if either of us wins owt that is, feck this could run and run! - but it won't!)
btw this story is just a big misunderstanding, you see young Armand turned up at WHL with his spurs supporting mate, so obviously substitute the word 'duster' with 'shuffler' and you can see how these gossipy media rumours get out of hand.
Wenger said get physical but not that physical we should start Traore against Blackburn so then he can do everyone proud by cracking one over the big nose of Robbie savage
have people stopped carrying knuckle dusters to WHL ? that's the only way tiny totts know how to beat a team, by using knuckle dusters
hehe Topspur come back!! At least if you're gonna drown yourself, you'll be easier to spot if you're wearing red 'n' white!
Well I've got another 7mth to get use to the idea, long way to go yet boys. Oh! and I'm an xxl
Topspur1, did the bet say where you had to wear this filthy rag? Might I suggest that lodged between your left and right buttock rubbing up against a 'turtle head' might be the most suitable and, dare I say, comfortable position.
Excellent idea! But all is not lost yet
Oh my days this is nigh on hilarious, but as's been said on ere, why's he not with the team? Maybe after the best atmosphere of the year with the travelling gooners (before we win it at Sunderland...) Let's not be too harsh on the lad, he's only 17, slap on the wrists n that's it.
Bound to happen.
Weird story. If true, I think its quite stupid of Traore. Topspur - I think you better get used to the idea of you in red and white :).
Legend in my opinion. He would be even more of a target than any other average gooner at the ground if some wee spuddie mob had of noticed him as an Arsenal player and considering how LD speaks of the treatment gooners get at the lane i dont blame him one bit.
Ozi Gooner
Also LD, you say he is a kick boxer so he shouldnt need them but i have many mates who do full muay thai boxing who are a lot bigger than our youngin traore who still wouldnt dare take on 6-10 full grown men so i dont think that stands. Good on the lad.
Ozi Gooner
HATEPUR. If the club don't ban him for life. Then i will kill him. What a cock. I reckon he was a plant. conspiracy just like the lasgane
Jacky B
Gromit - I dont think wedging a shirt between the cheeks of the ringpieces qualifies as "wearing" something. I seem to remember a Chelsea boy taking this bet up aswell!
To wear ... "To carry or have on the person as covering" - was it specified that Topspur had to wear the said rag as it might have been designed or merely as a covering on his person? Was it specified which part of his body it should cover? ... whilst it was foolish to agree to such an appalling forfeit, loopholes should be closed ... I have made similar bets and mates have been able to get out of them

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