Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo looks to be enduring a torrid time out on loan with Ajax this season, with recent footage showing the Frenchman struggling in front of goal. Missing a number of clear-cut chances, the 22-year-old hasn’t managed to progress in the years he’s spent at Arsenal, and such poor performances while out on loan could make up manager Arsene Wenger’s mind to let him go at the next available opportunity.
Sanogo has failed to score a senior domestic goal in the last 30 months of football, and was singled out for criticism by Ajax academy coach Ronald Do Boer, who said: “When I see Sanogo I still have my doubts. I have still found no qualities with which you can do something.” The Arsenal man was loaned out to Crystal Palace last season, but failed to shine at Selhurst Park, and hasn’t represented his country at youth level since 2014.
He showed potential in the earlier years of his career, but is now of the age where he needs regular game time. It’s clear the Dutch Eredivisie is proving too difficult for him, and Wenger will have been getting regular progress updates from the Ajax camp, so it’s highly unlikely Sanogo will be featuring in the Arsenal attack any time soon. His contract is up next summer, and it’s unlikely there will be talks on a renewal either.
A tall striker who is guilty of a loose first touch, as well as having zero composure in front of goal, it’s hard to see what the 22-year-old has to offer Arsenal given the competition he will have in the side when everyone’s fit. Sanogo doesn’t come close to the likes of Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott or Danny Welbeck, while even Chuba Akpom is ahead of him in the pecking order, so is Yaya’s future up at Arsenal?