Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo has joined Dutch giants Ajax on a season-long loan deal. The youngster has stated he hopes to emulate former-Ajax heroes Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Nwankwo Kanu during his spell in Amsterdam.
The 22-year-old is off on another temporary jaunt, after spending the second half of last season on-loan at the Gunners Premier League rivals Crystal Palace. The move was not exactly a resounding success, as he played ten times for the Eagles in the Premier League without scoring.
His only goal came in an FA Cup in a 3-2 victory at Southampton. For Sanogo goals have been in short supply since joining the Gunners in 2013 from first club Auxerre. His only competitive Arsenal goal came in a 2-0 Champions League victory over Dortmund last season.
Sanogo had arrived in north London as a highly-rated young striker, but also arrived at the club injured and took a few months to return to first team training.
There remain doubts over whether the youngster can ever become a first team regular at the Emirates Stadium. If he gets the experience and playing time needed at Ajax then it can only help his development.
However, he is likely to have stiff competition for a place in the starting eleven and I just hope he does not spend much of the campaign on the Ajax bench.
Does Sanogo have the ability to make it at Arsenal?