Senegal and Former Arsenal Defender Surgically Removes Tattoos after Fully Embracing Islam

Senegal and Former Arsenal Defender Surgically Removes Tattoos after Fully Embracing Islam

Lukman Mumuni
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:08 PM
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  • Former Arsenal defender Armand Traore has opened up on removing his tattoos after embracing the religion of Islam
  • The French-born Senegalese spent six seasons at Arsenal and last played for Cardiff City in Wales in 2020
  • Traore switched nationalities to represent Senegal, the country of his father, in 2011 and went on to make five appearances for them

Armand Troare, a former Arsenal left-back, has opened up on surgically removing his tattoos due to religion.

The French-born Senegalese is a practicing Muslim and believes the tattoos on his body does not represent the principles of the religion.

According to Daily Star, the former Gunner vowed to take off the tattoos as he works on pursuing his religious goals.

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Ex-Arsenal defender Armand Traore has revealed he is surgically removing his tattoos. Credit: @Arsenal Getty Images
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"I am going under the knife at the end of the season to remove the tattoos," he said.

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"I'm planning to do it in the summer. They put me under anaesthetic and then do it all, and when I wake up everything will be gone. It needs a little bit of recovery time so I'm going to do it at the end of the football season.
"If I had been into my religion properly before I had the tattoos I don't think I would have got them. I think it's one of the biggest mistakes of my life, but I will try and correct it.
"My religion has benefited me personally and in my career. I have always been a Muslim but I wasn't really practising it, I was just saying to people 'I am a Muslim'. It's a gradual development."

Armand Troare was born in France to Senegalese parents and he later represented the Teranga Lions at international level.

Demba Ba reveals he nearly joined Manchester United's coaching staff

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that ex-Senegal striker Demba Ba nearly joined the coaching staff of Manchester United last season.

The former Newcastle United and Chelsea star was contacted by ex-Manchester United interim boss Ralf Ragnick to assist him during his ill-fated spell.

However, according to the Senegalese the move was thwarted by visa complications.

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Lukman Abdul Mumin is a Sports Journalist based in Accra, Ghana. He has been writing for the past five years. Lukman joined Sports Brief as an Editor for the Local Desk in 2022.