Arsenal starlet has surely served his apprenticeship…hasn’t he?

Football FanCast guest columnist Joe Swain feels that Wenger is being too protective of Armand Traore and given Clichy's form, should give him a chance.

One of the great problems Wenger has had over the years is being able to keep the younger players happy and contented, especially when there is only reserve team football to keep them motivated. Where Sir Alex Ferguson is fortunate, in that nobody ever wants to leave Old Trafford until they are eventually kicked out of the door, Wenger isn't so fortunate and his starlets seem to grow restless, especially when they have had a taste of first team action elsewhere.

It is one big balancing act and you hope players will show patience, but unfortunately so few of them do. You look at the list of players that have moved on from Bentley, Larsson, Muamba, Aliadiere to name but a few and even Nicklas Bendtner was handing the club an ultimatum before signing a new deal following his season long loan at Birmingham. It is a tough task for Wenger, especially as there are only 11 starting places every given week. The latest player seemingly to have itchy feet at Arsenal is Armand Traore, who has been told by Wenger that he needs to remain patient and his time will come.

Traore, who went on a season long loan at Portsmouth last year and is hopeful to make his mark this campaign, however he has been told that he needs to improve defensively and other aspects of his game. To be honest everytime I watch the guy play I am always impressed and given the form of Gael Clichy this season, I feel that he has more than a deserved a call-up, but Arsene clearly feels otherwise. As much as I don't like to criticise Wenger I do feel that he is sometimes a little too overprotective and too much of a perfectionist and should take far more of a gamble with some of the youngsters. Traore for me is one that has more than done his apprenticeship and as he proved for Portsmouth last season can hold his own in the Premiership.

So do you agree that Traore deserves his chance in the first team, or is Wenger right to continue to remain patient?