Is Sanogo set to be Arsenal’s Plan B?

What role will Sanogo play next season?

Whilst yesterday sparked the return of many Arsenal first team regulars back in training, there were also a few unfamiliar faces pictured at London Colney.

First teamers including Theo Walcott, Per Mertesacker and Nacho Monreal, were joined by the likes of young Gunners Chuba Akpom, Jeff Reine-Adelaide and Yaya Sanogo. There were plenty of smiles amongst Arsenal fans at seeing the Gunners back in action as they prepare for pre-season, but many were also left disappointed seeing the latter, Yaya Sanogo, returning to Arsenal.

In the mix of Rosicky’s, Arteta’s and Flamini’s contracts all running out, there was a small rumour that Sanogo’s contract was also due to expire, however this was left unconfirmed. It now seems that although it can be officially noted that Flamini has left the club (after many debates), Sanogo on the other hand is still very much a part of Arsenal.

So where does Sanogo stand for next season? Will he go out on loan again or is he due another chance in the first team? Sanogo was given a fair few chances in his first seasons at the club and was even leading the line for Arsenal in the FA Cup final back in 2014. Sanogo however has rarely sparkled on the pitch with the Gunners, in fact his best performance came in a Pre-Season fixture in the Emirates Cup where he somehow managed to slot four goals past Benfica.

Aside from that, a single goal against Borussia Dortmund and you have Sanogo’s Arsenal career summed up. It may be rash to be harsh considering he still hasn’t really had the chance to prove himself over a longer period of time, but can Arsenal really afford to give the Frenchman more chances up front?

Sanogo has since been sent out on loan to Crystal Palace, Ajax and Charlton, where again he has failed to truly impress on a consistent basis. I think Wenger will give him a chance during pre-season that’s for sure, to see how he fairs. However I don’t expect too much to come from Sanogo and before you know it I’d expect the French late bloomer to be shipped out on loan once again. Or is Wenger keeping him as backupin case he fails in his striker search?



  1. Why was Jon Toral sent on loan? Hasn’t he proven he’s good enough already? The boy should be with the first team!

    1. All u have to do is look at the number of players wenger uses each season, take the league cup out of the equation and wenger basically uses between 22 and 24 players, even with our horrendous injury record.

      If you look at our current list of first team players it is currently 31. Wenger has gone on record as saying he wants 2 more players aswell so I am expecting at least 6 of the current first team squad to leave either on loan or permanent. For the league cup normally half a dozen academy players get a run out.

      Obviously Toral is not considered any better than the current central midfielders xhaka, ramsey, cazorla, coquelin, wilshire, elneny or ozil and rightly so. So exactly how much game time would he get? He is too good for u21 football, so.a loan is the only option.

  2. We already have a plan b in giroud, we need a plan a. Sanogo should be sold for peanuts full stop. He is too injury prone to put our hopes on like diaby. Since world class strikers are limited, i personally would like to see realistic signings like chicharito(ST), howedes,koulibaly,garay(CB) and felipe anderson(LW). Those are the positions we need and all these names are possible. The team would look like this.

  3. We have long been shouting out loud for wenger to sign griezmann long time ago, but for his ignorance, take a look at griezmannnnnnnnn now, golden boot is his unless our lumbering giant thinks otherwise and scores 4 goals.

  4. Late bloomer? … isn’t Sanogo in his early 20’s?

    I don’t know why everyone is making this youngster out to be worse than what he is? ?
    He hasn’t had the best of luck with career threatening muscular problems, but he is what he is and thats a fighter!
    And thats Something that is lacking in our team.
    He scores 4 against Benfica, yet still has the piss taken out of him! ?? he scored a Hat-trick for Charlton in the few games he played for them towards the end of last season.
    Personally, I blame wenger for denting this player’s moral and confidence. … like Campbell and Chambers but worse!
    I honestly believe that Sanogo will be up for it this season and if given a fair chance, he will make a name for himself at Arsenal fc.
    Laugh all you like, but I know for a fact that all the doubters will be kissing his ass when he starts banging in the goals and scaring the ? out of our opponents defence! ?

    1. In the FA cup final 2014 I recall Sanogo coming on as a sub when we were behind. He did not score but it very much livened up our attack which was looking lacklustre so it was a very positive influence.

      His loan spell at ajax was a disaster but at charlton he scored a hat trick against reading. As already mentioned, four goals against benfica in the emirates cup. Clearly he knows how to find the net in the occasional game. Seems like consistency is the problem.

      I do not think we should give up on him but at the same time playing for arsenal first team is too much pressure for him and too much risk for us. Also there is the issue that fans want a lewandowski standard striker and they get sanogo, again there will be a lack of patience, unless he starts banging in goals immediately. I suppose it is a case of seeing how he does in pre-season and then making a decision but it is probably best to try and find a good loan spell for him.

      1. Summer 2012 RVP left. Summer 2013 we tried to sign suarez and actually signed Sanogo. I think fans had a bit of a downer on him because he was not the standard of striker we wanted, and still want.

        Sanogo is now 23 years old, 24 in january so time is running out for him to make it at arsenal.

  5. I thought plan B was Paul Balance 🙂
    Oh Sanogoooooo you mean.
    No he is called poor balance 🙂
    Yet his bank balance is not poor.
    But of late Arsenals EPL title balance is unbalanced.
    Giroud is plan A
    Wellbeck is plan B
    Morata is plan C
    Lukaku is plan D
    Lacazette is plan E
    Barbosa is plan F
    Walcott is plan G
    Akpom is plan H
    Campbell is plan I
    Asano is plan J
    Bendtner is plan K
    Sanogo is plan L.
    And if the truth be really known
    another cheap young unknown
    French player is plan AAA apparently it is
    Sanogo’s younger clumsy Klutz of a brother
    being mentioned by the Sun …

  6. I wonder whether Wenger’s hoping that Sanogo’s loan to CHarlton will have the same effect as Coquelin’s loan to the Addicks?

    If Sanogo can make half the impact Coquelin had on the side then he’s definitely worth keeping.

    My biggest concern about Sanogo is whether he can now actually hit a cows arse with a banjo?

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