The 21 year old striker proved a handful for Liverpool defenders and was involved in the build up to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s opener at Emirates Stadium.
Flamini felt it wasn’t easy for Sanogo to come back after a long injury layoff, but was delighted by the forward’s performance.
Speaking to Arsenal’s official website, he said:
He played very well. It was not an easy game for him because he didn’t play for a long time but what a game he had.
He helped the team very much and was very good offensively. At the end of the day we won the game so it’s very positive for everyone and I’m happy for him.
The French midfielder also insisted that Arsenal are in a confident mood heading into their Champions League last-16 clash against Bayern Munich. He added:
Of course [it gives us momentum] because it is an important week. It was important to qualify here as we wanted to be on a good run against Bayern on Wednesday.
We know it won’t be an easy game because Bayern are a strong, strong team but we are Arsenal, we have big ambitions and if we want to qualify we want to produce a big result against them. We’ll do everything, we’ll try to play our best football and get a good result.
I don’t want to talk about last year [when Bayern beat Arsenal on away goals] but what I can say is Arsenal has a big ambition, we’re fighting for the championship title, we’re still fighting for the FA Cup and we’ll do everything we can to qualify for the Champions League [quarter-finals]. Now the important thing is to recover very well because we have had so many games.
Sanogo overall had a solid game as he assisted the first goal for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and lead the Gunners attack very well throughout. The game passed him by slightly at times, but playing as a lone striker against a very dangerous Liverpool team, he was never going to see lots of the ball.
His performance showed that the Frenchman does have promise. He can now push on and can be a useful asset for the Gunners this season, although there is no doubt that Giroud is first choice striker, but the yougster at least gives Arsenal another attacking option. He may not be anywhere close to the finished article, but if he can stay injury free and have a bright future at the Emirates Stadium.
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