Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo has pleaded for patience from Gunners supporters and insists he will be able to find the net regularly once he manages to score his first competitive goal for the club.
The 21 year old is yet to open his Premier League scoring account with Arsenal, however the youngster found the back of the net twice in France U-21’s 5-1 win against Kazakhstan last week.
The Frenchman feels the first goal is not far away and says that when it does eventually come, he will be capable of making it a much more regular occurrence.
According to Sky Sports, he said:
Football is the football, but it takes time to adapt.
I needed six months to adapt. I’ve had quite a lot of problems. I arrived on one leg.
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It’s been difficult to adapt to the league. There’s a lack of confidence, perhaps a bit of pressure too. You’re 21 and you play up front for Arsenal, it’s not easy.
When you come out of Ligue 2 and you end up in a duel with [Man City’s Vincent] Kompany, it is not an easy task.
On all aspects (of my game), I’ve evolved. When you train with great players every day, you progress. When you play big teams, it helps gain experience.
It’s a big club. The fans know that I’ve scored a lot of goals at youth level, they’re putting me under a little bit of pressure.
Once I’ve scored my first goal, everything will be fine. It’s their problem if they criticise me. I’ll still be here.
I’m going to play, improve and score goals. Sooner or later, it’s going to go in.
At 21, it’s not easy to play as a striker at Arsenal. You have to fight every day to prove your worth. But Wenger just pushes me to continue and my work will eventually pay off.
Welbeck’s going to have to battle for his place in the side. Last season, I didn’t doubt myself. I was more afraid of getting injured. If the coach brought me in, it’s because he has faith in me.
Sanogo has had quite a journey in the past few months. He absolutely demolished Benfica in the Emirates Cup, scoring four times in one game and went on to gain a starting role up front when his countryman Olivier Giroud went down with a broken leg. However, he failed to put the ball in the back of the net in competitive matches, which eventually resulted in Arsenal deciding to sign Danny Welbeck.
The youngster again proved himself over the weekend scoring twice in the 5-1 win for the France U-21 side and while the first goal could be attributed to a fortuitous deflection, the second goal stemmed from excellent hustle and effort, as he clipped the goalie and pressed on to tap the ball into the far corner.
There is no doubting the fact that he has lots of potential, as he has scored rather easily on just about every other stage except for competitive English League games. It’s clear that he can do it and once he scores his first in the League, it might well open the flood gates for many more. He will be given his chance to prove his worth by Wenger and he just needs to focus and repay the French manager’s trust.
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