Armand Traore has opened up on Arsenal’s humiliating 8-2 defeat by Manchester United in 2011 for the primary time, saying it was like a ‘funeral’ within the dressing room post-match.
Wayne Rooney hit a hat-trick and Ashley Younger bagged a brace for United that day to sentence Arsenal – who additionally had Carl Jenkinson despatched off – to their worst defeat since 1896 and hand Arsene Wenger one in every of his lowest moments throughout his time in north London.
The Gunners had been hit with damage issues within the build-up to the sport, however Wenger nonetheless managed to discipline a aspect which included Robin van Persie – who missed a first-half penalty – Aaron Ramsey, Laurent Koscielny and Andrey Arshavin, amongst others.
As quickly as Danny Welbeck opened the scoring for United within the 22nd minute, nonetheless, it was largely one-way visitors.
And Traore, who began at left-back that day, says he felt ‘swamped’ throughout the sport because of the lack of safety he had in entrance of him.
Talking solely to talkSPORT, Traore stated: “I simply keep in mind being swamped by the assault. They saved attacking on my aspect and I had Arshavin who wasn’t too inquisitive about defending, so I had [Chris] Smalling and Nani doubling up on me two vs one.
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“Once we didn’t rating the penalty, it simply went downhill from there.
“It nearly felt like we had been getting bullied if that is sensible; like once you’re at college and a child is getting bullied and he can’t actually do a lot as the opposite opponent or the opposite man is just too robust.
“On the finish of the sport, it was identical to a funeral. It was like any person was getting buried. Everybody was simply staring on the ground. Even the boss didn’t say something; we didn’t see him.
“On the best way again, it was the identical factor and it was simply quiet. What are you able to say once you’ve shipped eight objectives to one in every of your rivals? You’re stupefied and identical to, ‘wow, what’s simply occurred?’
“I acquired completely slaughtered as a result of when Wayne Rooney got here to shake my hand, some individuals didn’t like the very fact I gave just a little nook smile. That was the improper factor to do on the time; I wasn’t taking it calmly, it was extra nerves.”
That sport proved to be Traore’s final in an Arsenal shirt earlier than he sealed a transfer to QPR for an undisclosed price.
Nevertheless, the Senegal worldwide’s destiny was sealed earlier than that fateful day at Previous Trafford.
The total-back had already agreed phrases on a transfer to Loftus Highway and was because of have a medical forward of the 8-2 thrashing, however the transfer was pulled on the final minute after an damage disaster was additional compounded when Bacary Sagna fell ailing.
Bowing out as an Arsenal participant in such humiliating circumstances is one thing which harm Traore, and it’s a feeling which has remained with him all through his profession up to now.
“The sport was on the Sunday and I used to be alleged to have my medical for QPR on the Thursday, so a number of days earlier than the sport,” he defined.
“On Wednesday night time, I acquired a name from the membership telling me that I can’t go to the medical on Thursday morning as a result of Bacary Sagna was actually ailing and [we were] actually quick on numbers as we had a number of accidents.
“The boss [Wenger] needed me to remain till after the sport and he instructed me that I used to be going to journey to Manchester, however I didn’t know I used to be going to play. I had a chat with the supervisor on the Thursday and he simply stated, ‘I simply want you to come back as much as Previous Trafford and you’ll e-book in your medical for Monday morning’.
“For me, I already knew I used to be leaving on the Monday a number of days after. It was completely horrible the best way I needed to go away.
“To depart when most Arsenal followers suppose that you simply don’t care that you simply misplaced 8-2 since you had been caught smiling on the finish was not a great way to complete at Arsenal for a membership that gave me a lot since I used to be a child.”
Watch Armand Traore’s interview with talkSPORT, above…