Arsene Wenger has given a rather cryptic update on Yaya Sanogo’s continued absence but admits the striker is out for the long-term with a “confidential” problem.
The 24-year-old spent last season out on loan with spells in the Eredivise with Ajax and the Championship with Charlton Athletic.
Sanogo subsequently returned to the Emirates but has not featured at all for the Gunners since December 2014.
Speaking after Wednesday’s EFL Cup defeat to Southampton, Wenger gave an update on the striker and admitted he would not be available any time soon.
“He had a real medical problem that I cannot explain to you here because it is a confidential problem,” Wenger said according to The Metro.
“Not a secret problem, but it is medical, I cannot speak about that.
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“He has no life-threatening problem but he had a long-term injury, and I am not specialised enough to explain to you exactly what it is in his calf.
“But we had to rest him completely.”
Sanogo has become a forgotten man at Arsenal due to his injury problems and Wenger’s latest comments suggest his career at the club may well be over.
The forward’s contract expires at the end of the season and it seems highly unlikely he will be offered a contract extension.