The young Frenchman Yaya Sanogo arrived at Arsenal as an expected “New Thierry Henry” as he started in Parisien side Les Ulis, where our legend Henry also began his career, and when he burst to our attention with four goals in the Emirates Cup win against Benfica, we began to believe that it was real possibility.
This obviously impressed Wenger too as Yaya started in the Community Shield and also started ahead of Olivier Giroud in the opening Premier League game against Crystal Palace.
But the goals were not forthcoming and Sanogo is still awaiting his first Premiership goal. Even when Giroud was banned and Danny Welbeck was injured Wenger sill didn’t pick Yaya, even on the bench, convincing us fans that the young Frenchman must be injured.
Wenger though told us after the game that Sanogo WAS fit, but was simply lacking in experience. Wenger said after the Hull win on Arsenal.com: “Yaya is here at the moment. Sanogo needs more experience at the top level in the Premier League. He’s ready to play but we have so many options up front that it’s difficult to play.”
Hmmm well I certainly didn’t see many options ahead of yesterday’s game, especially now that Podolski has been moved on, so I can only surmise that Wenger has given up on Sanogo as a first team option, and that is why he is farming him out to see if he can improve elsewhere. Wenger was asked if the rumours were true that Sanogo could be going out on loan at Bordeaux, but Le Prof replied: “Personally, I said that many times I prefer the Premier League. That’s still the case.”
It seems to me that if Sanogo goes out on loan and still fails to find the back of the net, he could be on his way out next summer. How long can you flog a dead horse for…….?