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Arsenal midfielder Armand Traore is set to go under the surgeon's knife at the end of the season in order to have his tattoos removed.

The Frenchman's Muslim faith has grown in recent years, and he now feels it is appropriate to remove the tattoos as his religion forbids permanent changes to the body.

"I am going under the knife at the end of the season to remove the tattoos," he told Arsenal's official matchday programme.

"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."

And the 20-year-old feels that having the tattoos done was a big mistake that he regrets.

"If I had been into my religion properly before I had the tattoos I don't think I would have got them," he explained.

"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."

Zack Wilson, Goal.com UK

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