Auxerre striker Yaya Sanogo has revealed a visit from Arsene Wenger was pivotal in his decision to join Arsenal.The France U21 international’s contract expires this month and he has rejected the Ligue 2 outfit’s new deal. The 20-year-old will now join the Gunners as a free agent, when the transfer window opens in July.
The 20-year-old said that Wenger came to see him in Paris to convince him that a move to The Emirates is the right decision for the striker.Lille were also linked with Sanogo and he says that it was a straight fight between them and Arsenal for his signature.
According to Goal,he said :
Rudi Garcia called me many times and it made me hesitate a lot.
He had been to see me many times at Auxerre. And then, one day, we met in Paris at a hotel.
I was very impressed. Monsieur Wenger had come to see me directly in Paris. He said he had followed me for many seasons. It was this trip that was decisive in my decision. I opted for Arsenal.
I was told it was a very good club for me . Many of the guys said I was too young. But I left them to speak.
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I am 20, I had not played for a year and a half, I had scored some goals and Arsenal had contacted me. Could I really say no? I don’t believe so. It will be a magnificent adventure.
Wenger told me I would get opportunities and reassured me about my injury. He told me he had followed me for years. That meeting was very important and today I am an Arsenal player.
Sanogo scored nine goals in 11 appearances for Auxerre during the second half of last season but was out of action for nearly 18 months prior to that, with a long-term knee injury. The forward said he had reservations about moving to England under the circumstances but Wenger’s helped him make the decision.
So we can expect an official announcement soon, unless the club is waiting for the transfer window to officially open on July 1st, although they do not have to wait to announce the transfer.
While it seems like a good, cheap acquisition, I hope this will not prevent Wenger from buying the star name we need up front. He has no excuses this summer with Higuain and Jovetic available.
What do you think gooners?