Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo is approaching the final 12 months of his contract at the Emirates Stadium and looks on course to be released next summer upon its expiration. It will be a sad sight to see such potential ultimately amounting to nothing, but the 23-year-old has been given enough opportunity to prove his worth.
With competition stiff for places in the Arsenal first-team upon his 2013 arrival, manager Arsene Wenger felt the striker would be better off getting regular game time out on loan after sparse opportinity in his first year at the club. However, Sanogo failed to score a league goal at Crystal Palace in 2014/15, and the following season was even more struggle for the injury-prone striker.
The former France U21 international joined Ajax on a season-long loan last summer, but found game time limited due to poor training and poor form in games. Sanogo managed just three league appearances at Ajax, and was eventually moved to the reserve term. His loan spell in the Netherlands was ended early, and Charlton were keen to try him out as a regular in England in February.
While bagging a hat-trick for the now-relegated outfit just weeks after signing, he failed to score in seven of his eight league appearances. And with only a year left on his contract, Arsenal are expected to run it down next summer. Even with their lack of natural strikers in the first-team, Sanago just doesn’t look at the required level to compete in pre-season, nor has his fitness record proven he could handle the rigours of top-flight football.
Signed from French Ligue club Auxerre in 2013, Sanogo has scored 10 goals in 13 league games the season prior to joining Arsenal, while bagging an impressive 39 goals for the France youth sides. However, he never managed to push on from the promising talent he was, and it will likely now cost him his Arsenal stay. Injuries and poor form have been synonymous with Yaya Sanogo with Arsenal, and his departure looks an inevitability.