Yaya Sanogo will spend the remainder of the 2014/15 campaign on loan with Crystal Palace after the Arsenal official website confirmed the move earlier today.
The 21-year-old striker has found opportunities hard to come by this season mainly due to the acquisition of Danny Welbeck and his own ongoing injury troubles. He featured just six times this term, finally breaking his duck with a first competitive goal for the Gunners in the 2-0 Champions League victory over Borussia Dortmund in November.
Sanogo will gain far more minutes under Alan Pardew and valuable Premier League action, it provides a fantastic chance to prove his ability and take the next step in his career.
His new boss told the Palace website:
He’s a young player with tremendous promise, somebody that I have tracked personally and this club has too so that fitted well.
We have given him an opportunity, he needs to play more games and I think he’s ready for that and he proved that at Arsenal. It’s tough to get in their team but he’s closer to the starting action with us.
Sanogo was equally pleased with the deal. He added:
When the Arsenal manager spoke with me about Crystal Palace I was very happy because I want to play more games.
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I think Palace are a good team, I watched the game against Tottenham and it was a great performance from the guys. I hope I can help the club have a successful second half of the season.
Sanogo will hope to return next season full of experience when his stint comes to an end at Selhurst Park, it will do him a world of good to play (hopefully) regularly and gain some consistency in his performances. It certainly will not be a walk in the park for the young Frenchman but a necessary move.
Good luck Yaya.