Arsenal’s official website have finally confirmed the signing of Yaya Sanogo on a free transfer from French side Auxerre.
The France U20 international is currently on international duty and will link up with the Gunners squad for preseason preparations later this month.
The 20-year-old striker has been heavily linked with a move to the Gunners for awhile, with the allure of working under Arsene Wenger attracting the youngster to north London over joining French side Lille.
Arsène Wenger said of the deal:
Sanogo is a good young signing for us. He has shown that he has potential with his recent performances for Auxerre and also for the France Under-20 side. We are looking forward to Yaya joining us and continuing his promising development.
The website also stated that the deal is subject to the completion of formal registration processes.
Sanogo has represented his country at U16, U17, U19 and U21 age groups, and is currently starring for France in the Fifa Under-20 World Cup in Turkey. He has been surprisingly prolific despite the limited amount of appearances for Auxerre – in three years he only managed seven starts in Ligue 1 – but he netted an impressive 9 goals in 8 appearances last season (4 starts, 4 sub appearances). The cause for the minimal appearances? The horrible ‘I-word’ – injuries.
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In 2010 he impressed for the French U19 side however he suffered a nasty double break to his leg playing for Auxerre reserves which ended his season. He recovered for the following campaign and was back with the first team, consequently earning a call up for the French U21 side, however injury struck again soon as he suffered issues with his original leg break ruling him out for another year.
He made headlines in December when he scored on his first game back and went on to score seven goals in just two games. Another injury then hit but this time to his thigh which ruled him out for another spell until he returned and scored in Auxerre’s last game against Angers.
For a free signing with an abundance of talent he is worth the risk however is not quite the marquee striker signing we need. He is certainly one for the future and can challenge up and coming star Chuba Akpom for a spot in the Arsenal first team. Let’s hope this is the first of a number of exciting signings this summer.