Dec 28 2011 By Yann Tear
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ARMAND Traore believes QPR's performance at Swansea City has provided the perfect platform for the Hoops' trip to the Emirates on Saturday.
Neil Warnock's team will aim to frustrate Arsenal much as Wolves did on Tuesday and the former Gunner is looking forward to attempting an instant replay against his old side.
“We could have won at Swansea and I think we showed we can compete in the Premier League,” the left-back told the Gazette.
“We showed we can pass the ball too. At times we passed it really, really well and we managed to shut down Swansea.
“We also came back well, as we did against Sunderland when we came back to 2-2. It shows the spirit of the team – that we can come back from difficult situations.”
Arsenal may not be held in the same awe as they once were, but Traore is still wary:
"I still think Arsenal are an amazing team," he said, "a top three team. They are going to be dangerous in every possible way and we have to be at our best to get something there.
“We know that it's going to be a very difficult game – and after playing a really hard game against Swansea we are going to have to get the legs back very quickly.
“Arsenal are a team similar to Swansea, they play good football and make you chase the ball, so we have to go to the Emirates with a good plan.
“I think we will have to be careful of their unsung hero Alex Song as well. He makes the team for them and is a really really good player.
“But if we can play like we did this week, we have a great chance. I'm looking forward to the game.”