Yaya Sanogo, the young striker from France, was brought into the Arsenal team by Wenger last season to provide some much needed cover for Olivier Giroud. The lack of options for the striker position meant that the inexperienced Frenchman was also a part of the squad during big games. But an injury layoff meant that he failed to really catch the eye during his first season.
This time around, with the purchase of Danny Welbeck, someone who looks much more dangerous in front of goal, although he is yet to score; Sanogo’s chances of establishing himself as a first team regular have faded somewhat. At most, Arsene Wenger sees him as a late substitute, preferring to use winger Alexis Sanchez up front instead in a couple of games this season.
The niggling hamstring problem he has is further damaging his chances of getting playing time, as the injury to Olivier Giroud meant that he had a realistic chance of starting a few games at least. But despite all this the young striker is still upbeat. He says the trust of Arsene Wenger is what matters and that it has been crucial to his development and helps him to believe in himself.
Sanogo is settled at Arsenal now and is grateful for the advice given to him by some of the club’s more experienced players – as well as the manager.
Abou Diaby, Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta; experienced players give me advice as I am one the youngest players.
My first year had some ups and downs. I was injured during the first six months, then I made some good progress. It took some time to settle in as I had just arrived at a new club so it was a bit difficult, but at the end we won the cup so I was happy about the season.
It gives me a lot of confidence that the boss trusts me because he believes in me and has hope. That is why I work so hard every day and keep the faith.
It is true that when you get to a certain age you have to play all the time. I am 21 and competition in big clubs is unavoidable, so you have to work hard to try to be the best you can.
By all accounts this is a dedicated youngster willing to work for his place in the team. Given the opportunity, he could surprise everyone and yet go down as an Arsenal legend.