Arsenal’s young French striker Yaya Sanogo looks set to be sent out on loan in January in a bid for the young striker to play regular first team football and improve his game.
The striker has struggled for first team appearances in north London and the summer arrival of Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez pushed him down the pecking order for strikers.
The striker who turns 22 at the end of January has made just two Premier League starts and one substitute appearance for the Gunners this season, although he did also start two of the Gunners Champions League games.
Sanogo is at the stage of his career where he needs to play games and he does not have much chance of that in north London. Olivier Giroud, Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez, who is odds of 14 to win the golden boot, are all ahead of Sanogo in terms of quality and attributes.
The striker does have qualities, but has scored just one competitive goal in his Arsenal career and at times he has looked short of confidence in front of goal.
Arsenal is a big club and as a striker for Arsenal Sanogo will always be in the limelight and his struggles in front of goal will be highlighted. Maybe if he is allowed to move elsewhere, build up confidence and score some goals he can return to Arsenal as a more complete player.
Sanogo has been linked with a move to French Ligue One side Bordeaux. However it seems that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger would prefer Sanogo to join a Premier League club on loan. That looks like a sensible move, as he could gain vital experience of playing first team football in the English top-flight.
The Premier League and Ligue One have big differences, both in terms of quality and tempo of the game. Sanogo may gain confidence playing in the French top-flight, but would then have to return to the completely different environment of the Premier League.
Yaya Sanogo has been written-off by many Gunners fans and is rather harshly treated like a running joke by some fans. However, as he showed in pre-season he does have ability and young players need encouragement and the right guidance.
Arsene Wenger used to be the man when it came to developing players. Hopefully with a bit of first team football and the right coaching Yaya Sanogo can earn himself a career at Arsenal.
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