Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo has been made available for a loan move this January by Arsene Wenger, with Crystal Palace believed to be at the front of the queue to secure his services.
The 21-year-old arrived at The Emirates in July of 2013 from Auxerre, but has so far struggled to tie down a regular starting role in the side, with just 11 Premier League appearances and no goals to his name so far.
His only competitive strike for the Gunners to date arrived in November’s Champions League meeting with Borussia Dortmund, with the likes of Olivier Giroud and Podolski seemingly well ahead of him in the pecking order.
Despite his less than impressive start to life in England, Sanogo stands at 6’4, which given our desperate need for a physical presence at the head of the side, could work well and with age on his side, there is no reason why one or two early goals may reignite the spark which saw Arsenal sign him to begin with.
Indeed, his career prior to the move saw him in prolific form for Auxerre, netting 26 goals in just 55 appearances, alongside a glittering record at every level of his country’s youth set-up.
With the French U16s, Sanogo scored an astounding 18 goals in 18 games, before going on to net at every other age group, with an overall tally of 39 goals in just 61 games, giving some genuine insight into why the move to Arsenal was engineered last year.
He’s undoubtedly talented, but appears to have been tainted by the weight of expectation placed on his shoulders at Arsenal; a feeling that his potential Palace strike partner Marouane Chamakh will no doubt be able to sympathise with if a move does indeed take place.
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