Will Sanogo be a Gunner next season?
A few days ago an article on JustArsenal.com began a debate about whether any of Arsenal’s youngsters will get a chance in the Arsenal first team next season. The likes of Jon Toral and Chuba Akpom were mentioned, with the latter causing quite a split in fan opinions. Whilst some felt that Chuba has a lot to offer in the future, the majority do not feel he is ready to make the cut for the Gunners in the first team just yet. Instead it was mentioned how if it was the case that Wenger ‘promotes’ a young striker to first team duties, then perhaps some would much prefer it was the young Frenchman Yaya Sanogo. Pair this with the understanding that Sanogo is hoping his experience out on loan last season, in both Holland and England, will be enough to convince Wenger to give him a shot, then we have to consider whether the youngster will get his chance.
Sanogo has not had the most prolific time in front of goal during his short career so far. Despite having a fair few chances for the Gunners, he has never really managed to impress, let alone manage a more than a single competitive goal for the club. In fact, the only memorable game where Sanogo has impressed was a pre season game against Benfica, where he went against all odds and scored FOUR goals. His only competitive goal has come for Arsenal in a Champions League tie against Borussia Dortmund and since then Sanogo has gone on to have loan spells at Crystal Palace, Ajax and Charlton.
Sanogo has failed to largely impress on all competitive stages, despite occasionally bagging a goal for his side. It would be wrong to criticise the youngster too much considering he still has a lot to learn and surely he must have some future potential for Wenger to have the confidence in him. However to have Sanogo back at the club, as even a third or fourth choice striker next season really shows a lack of ambition on Arsenal’s part.
Of course Wenger may choose to opt and sign another striker (fingers crossed) and therefore send Sanogo out on loan at the least. Although there have been a few youngsters last season that I wouldn’t mind Wenger giving a shot in the first team, most notably Jon Toral and Jeff Reine-Adelaide, I don’t think seeing Sanogo pulling on an Arsenal shirt next season would be the best sight for Arsenal fans.
Will we see Sanogo in an Arsenal shirt next season?