Wenger is known for his appeal for French youngsters, and he has rarely failed when it comes to recruit a young player from across the Channel. Bacary Sagna, Gael Clichy or Abou Diaby have blossomed under the red and white outfit during the last years, while they had been bought at young age and for a keen price from France. Now that we are talking about the venue of Auxerre’ striker Yaya Sanogo, a lot of questions are allowed, especially for a player who have been injured the main part of season, but we can also be optimist about the the arrival of this player, considering the taste of Arsene Wenger for high valued young players.
First of all, let me introduce you Yaya Sanogo. Considered in France as a future great one, he played this year in French Ligue 2 with Auxerre, where he only played twelve games due to injury, but scored nine goals. Desired by many clubs in French elite like Lyon or Marseille, he presents impressive skills, notably his speed and his technique for a player of his height, as he peaks at 6”3. Such a profile is undoubtedly interesting, and potentially fit from Premier League’s fixtures. However, he will have to work on his physical ability, to strengthen his game and his body, considering he faced a lot of injuries in the recent years of his young career. Formed at Clairefontaine like his fellow countryman Abou Diaby, the parallel is inevitable between the two players: French, tall, skilful, promising and unhappily fragile. But this comparison is not an excuse or a fatality, and he will have to face Premier League exigencies, which is not an easy thing.
Will he be able to play in the Premier League, and bring something to the Gunners? This is the true question. Yes he is talented, but does he have what it takes to succeed in England? Maybe a loan to a second zone team or to an ambitious squad in lack of strikers could be a good opportunity for him to show what he is able to do. Arsene Wenger knows he could find in Sanogo the striker of the future Arsenal, and there is no risk in recruiting him, as he will pay nothing for him. So in any case, that is good news for Arsenal. One thing sure, Sanogo will have to face some expectations, but he is certainly a bet on the future, so let him develop his game peacefully, and hope for future great achievements.