Arsène Wenger has gotten his wish, as Yaya Sanogo has joined a Premier League side on loan for the rest of the season. Instead of going to Bordeaux, in France, Sanogo has joined Crystal Palace, who are currently 15th in the Premier League after beating Tottenham 2-1 over the weekend. There had been talk of Sanogo going to Palace, but a move seemed unlikely after Neil Warnock was sacked and Sanogo inched closer to going to Ligue Un. However, new manager Alan Pardew revived Palace's interest in the French U-21 striker, with Pardew saying:
He's a young player with tremendous promise, somebody that I have tracked personally and this club has too so that fitted well.
The hope for Sanogo is that he smooths out some of the roughness that characterises his play. While he has many assets in his favour, and can affect games, such as the FA Cup final, there are still aspects of his play that need improving; his finishing, for one, but also his control and touch, which sometimes alternate between very good and amusingly bad. With only Glenn Murray, Frazier Campbell and former Arsenal man Marouane Chamakh his competition, Sanogo should start games.