One of the very few bits of news for Arsenal fans on transfer deadline day was the signing of our young French forward Yaya Sanogo by the Championship club Charlton Athletic. A lot of us might have forgot that he was even on the club’s books (or just hoped that he wasn’t) but Sanogo has been on loan with the Dutch club Ajax.
That loan spell really did not work out as he has only made four appearances for them and he seemed to get off on the wrong foot with the Ajax boss Frank De Boer right from the start and he was criticised for his attitude, fitness and effort.
So Charlton, who are struggling to stay in the second division of English football, have taken a chance on the out of favour striker. Now I know that he has not lived up to his early potential, particularly what he showed while banging in goals for the France international underage teams, but I was surprised to read some of the comments written on the Daily Mail about his latest loan move.
Useless and get rid of him was the general gist of what the Arsenal fans wrote, but we have seen signs that Sanogo could be a good player. Those four goals in one Emirates Cup game for instance. He also scored against Borussia Dortmund to get us out of the Champions League group stage.
And although his goals tally for Arsenal is pretty poor he did put in some good performances. And the fact that he has gone to Charlton should remind Gooners that another so-called useless young Gunner went there on loan recently. That was Francis Coquelin and look what happened to him. So could Charlton do us another big favour with Sanogo?