Yaya Sanogo may have had a slow start to his Arsenal career after being ruled out with a back injury almost as soon as he joined the club last summer. And he may look pretty ungainly at times, almost as if he has had a growth spurt and has not got used to the length of his legs yet, but he does also seem to show real promise.
Unfortunately, when you are a striker you are judged on goals and the young Frenchman has still to register his first senior Arsenal goal in a competitive match. That lack of confidence in front of goal was in clear evidence against Leicester City last weekend, so the news that the 21-year old Gunner scored an international double for the France under 21 side last night is very good news for Arsenal.
The goals, which you can see below, came in three second half minutes, reinforcing the belief that one goal leads inexorably to more. The same thing happened with Sanogo in the Emirates cup, when his first goal against Benfica soon turned into four and Sanogo in front of goal turned from Lord Bendtner into Thierry Henry, if you know what I mean.
Sanogo is likely to feature again for the France under 21s on Monday when they take on Iceland, so hopefully the lanky striker can score again and return to the Emirates feeling confident again, because the sooner he can get off the mark properly for Arsenal, the sooner he can really start to flourish.