Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo has left the club at the end of his contract this summer. The Frenchman scored just one goal in four years at the Emirates Stadium, enduring poor form and injuries after his signing from now-Ligue 2 side AJ Auxerre.
“The adventure ends. I maybe did not always do what was necessary to impose myself. But Wenger is a great manager and he taught me a lot,” he told L’Equipe, reports Goal (http://www.goal.com/en/news/8/main/2017/06/05/36121842/sanogo-confirms-arsenal-exit-and-wont-blame-wenger-for-his). Sanogo also opened up about his injury problems which kept him out of many games during his time at Arsenal.
“There is this frustration about not knowing what the source of my pain was. I came back in January, with a fitness trainer, and I was able to play again for Arsenal’s reserves. It was very hard when I was injured. You feel so mentally alone,” he admitted.
The 24-year-old did recall more positive moments of his Arsenal career, saying: “There were moments where I was good. I remember the summer of 2014 when, during the Emirates Cup, I scored a quadruple against Benfica.” Sanogo is now looking for a new club and his lack of activity for Arsenal could limit his options.
While scoring an impressive five goals in eight appearances for the France U21, he made just 20 appearances in all competitions (872 minutes of playing time) since his 2013-arrival. His biggest Arsenal moments will have been playing in the Champions League, playing 45 minutes in the Community Shield victory and playing an hour in the FA Cup final – all in 2014.
Sanogo was loaned out to the likes of Crystal Palace (11 appearances, one goal), Charlton (eight appearances, three goals) and Ajax (six appearances, zero goals) during his time at Arsenal but couldn’t force his way into the starting eleven at his parent club on a regular basis.