As we all now know Arsenal have decided to realise French striker Yaya Sanogo this summer. The 24-year-olds contract expires this summer and he leaves having made very little impact at the north London club, except for a few bright pre-seasons run-outs.
Always out of his depth at Arsenal
Once of the first articles I ever wrote for My Arsenal Blog (in 2014 I think) was about whether Yaya Sanogo would ever make it at Arsenal. I got a so much abuse for the article, but at the time, I saw a player that just never looked like making it at the top level, even if he was a youngster.
Sanogo joined Arsenal on a free transfer from Auxerre in the summer of 2013. However, his first season with the club was injury-hit. He had impressed at youth level for France, but it concerned me that the Gunners were able to pick him up on a free transfer.
Auxerre reportedly at the time felt he had potential, but his habit of getting injuries would hamper his development. They were not wrong really.
Yaya Sanogo managed just one goal in competitive football, which sums probably sums up accurately the effectiveness of the French forward in front of goal.
A series of loan moves
A series of loan moves designed to help Sanogo gain some valuable playing time only lead to it being confirmed that not only was he out of his depth at Arsenal, he was also out of his depth at Crystal Palace, Ajax, Ajax reserves and even Charlton in the end.
While the moves were supposed to help Sanogo development, they must have hampered his confidence instead. He struggled to shine in any of his loan spells. It was quite clear that he was never really going to establish himself at Arsenal when he was shipped out on loan so many times.
A typical Arsene Wenger project
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger remains an economist at heart. He enjoys developing young players he signs for nothing and seems to give them a lot of time to develop. Unfortunately, that does not always happen and these players are often not good enough and that was the case with Sanogo.
Wenger keeping faith in players that are good enough is part of the reason why Arsenal are odds of 12/1 to win the Premier League title next season.
All I have to say is good luck Yaya and I hope you do eventually find your level in football. However, that level was never Arsenal.
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