Can Sanogo make the difference AGAIN for Arsenal v Hull?

The young Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo may not have scored against Hull City in the famous FA cup final triumph at Wembley back in May, but there is little doubt that he did have a big effect for the Gunners after coming on with around half an hour of normal time left to play.

Arsenal were still trailing at that point and Podolski was struggling to have much influence, but Sanogo got straight into the action and really helped to put Hull on the back foot. He also won the corner from which Koscielny equalised to take the game into extra time.

The France under 21 international has been talking about his great memories of that day, as reported by, and how his inclusion in the final and previous FA cup games really helped his confidence. It also helped Arsenal, of course, and hopefully Sanogo is fit enough to feature again today.

He said, “It was very important for me. The run of games gave me confidence and helped me adapt to English football. From the first game I played in the cup, I wanted to win it.

“I have so many great memories of that FA Cup final weekend. We were so hungry before the game. I can remember seeing the hunger in the players’ eyes. There was some extra pressure because we couldn’t lose that final, no way.

“There were 30 minutes left to play in normal time and I remember the boss said, ‘you have to make a difference now. You have to give everything’.

“I was so ready. I was boiling inside and I so wanted to come on. It was the FA Cup final in front of 90,000 fans. You can’t be tired, shy or average. You have to give everything, be bold, be effective.

“[Lifting the trophy] was an amazing feeling. I can remember all the Arsenal fans still in the stands, all the chanting, the medals and lifting the cup. It was my first season at the club and to lift the FA Cup was extraordinary.

“Everybody will remember where they were, what they were doing or how they celebrated the cup win against Hull last season, but Hull will want their revenge on Sunday – and knocking us out of the competition would make up for the defeat in the final.”

I really think that would be a lot less likely to happen if Sanogo is available to start up front. I know that we have Alexis and possibly Walcott, but they both operate more effectively from the flanks. The way we play with Giroud as a hold up man seems to bring the best from our attacking options and Sanogo is the player most able to do a similar job for us.

It would also allow Oxlade-Chamberlain to drop back into central midfield and cover for the absence of Ramsey and Wilshere. Do you agree that Sanogo could be the key to Arsenal beating Hull again?

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  1. It has reached a point where i pray for Arsenal to lose…i know this sounds wrong but i have good reason.

    Losing today ensures that we only in contention for one trophy which we probably won’t win.
    That way maybe the Arsenal supporters who attend the games will start boycotting games and bring banners to our away fixtures.

    I have had enough of being a joke,I pray everyday that Arsenal becomes a better team.

    Wenger needs to go.

      1. Probably not…probably never has.

        Tbh that sort of stupid comment goes along with many others on this site….and has fcuk all to do with being supporters…you don’t wish the team well, you slag the players, you slag the manager, you even applaud the spuds and claim they’re now something to be revered (because they won a match)..and you slag fellow fans…you’re simply not fans, don’t know what it means to be and probably other than your little bedspreads bought when you were 5 and being the first to get a nice new team shirt when they come out in the summer, haven’t invested a penny in AFC or been anywhere near N5.

      2. Nope…but once I have the money to catch a flight from South Africa to London I will.

        For now I purchase as much merchandise as I can.

        Although whether I’ve attended a game or not it doesn’t make me love arsenal any lesser.

  2. Can’t see Sanogo playing if wenger is thinking about loaning him out..?
    If he does play then we know Arsene’s intentions about signing another striker..
    God help us!!

  3. He had his chance and made little impact through lack of maturity. He badly needs a loan at Palace so he can get game time while staying in London.

    I would go for Campbell up front and Walcott on the right.

  4. Sanogo is like a x between demba ba Papise Cisse Paulo wanchope per Mertesacker max wall and Trevor Berbeck legs after being knocked over by Mike Tyson.
    In a nutshell not arsenal quality and only more evidence that Arsene wenger has turned us from champions of England playing superlative effortless football to klunky slow paced one dimentional 4th placed over achievers..
    29 days of pure torture if we don’t sign a couple of defenders a midfielder and or a top striker!!!!

  5. With that front 3 pace should not be an issue today. Alexis-Walcott-Campbell is getting me really excited for this game…

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