Arsenal fans were not exactly over the moon when the club announced the transfer of the young French striker Yaya Sanogo in the summer of 2013, as none of us had heard of him and he was not exactly pulling up trees for Auxerre in the French second division.
But despite his struggles to find the back of the net for Arsenal and a few injury setbacks to his career, Sanogo did have some good games and it was starting to look as though Arsene Wenger may have found a gem. After scoring four goals in a game during pre-season, the Frenchman notched his first competitive Gunners goal to help us beat Borussia Dortmund and qualify from our Champions League group. ...........Read more
You have to admire the self confidence of the young France international striker I suppose, as even though he has just been released by Arsenal to go to Holland and play on loan for Ajax, Yaya Sanogo has compared himself to the former Ajax star Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
To be fair to Sanogo, he is only just 22-years old and has plenty of time to hone his game and start scoring the goals that would make the comparison a little less unlikely. He has the stature for it as well, being just an inch shorter than the Swedish international but he could do with bulking up a bit and getting a few tattoos while he is at it. ...........Read more
Ever since the start of the Premier League season, Arsenal have had to somehow cope without almost a whole team worth of first team players. And it always seemed to be a rash of players in the same areas of the squad being out of action at the same time.
First it was the defence, with Debuchy, Koscielny and Gibbs all missing games and then it was midfield, with Ozil, Wilshere and Ramsey. But even with Walcott still injured and our big French striker Olivier Giroud missing a couple of months after surgery on his Tibia, the Gunners never seemed short up front as there were good options for Wenger. ...........Read more
It is getting beyond a joke for Arsenal now! We get Olivier Giroud back early and Laurent Koscielny back in the squad just in time for them to be replaced by even more Gunners and it has been like this since the start of last season.
Including Abou Diaby, who Arsene Wenger denied having a new injury but is clearly still not fit enough to play, the Gunners now have 10 players on the injury list. Two of those, Mikel Arteta and Yaya Sanogo, joined it last night and with Ozil, Walcott, Welbeck, Wilshere, Debuchy, Szczesny and Ospina already out of action, it leaves the manager with a massive headache, as he made clear in his post match words reported by The Guardian. ...........Read more
With Yaya Sanogo still not due to return to action for Arsenal from his hamstring injury until after the international break, Arsene Wenger is keeping his fingers crossed that nothing happens to Danny Welbeck. In fact, the young French striker is a very raw gem that still needs a lot of polishing, so the centre forward position is still a bit light for the Gunners.
As long as Welbeck can stay fit foe the next few months though, we will then have two good options to choose from, with the France international Olivier Giroud due to make his comeback from that freak tibia injury picked up right at the end of the Everton game. ...........Read more
Yesterday Arsenal played Leicester with Yaya Sanogo as their Main striker, and the youngster (who is yet to score a competitive goal for the Gunners)was slated by Arsenal fans after the game. With Olivier Giroud injured all Gooners are now begging Wenger to sign another striker todayto give us a chance of staying in the title race.
Wenger admitted that Sanogo had a problem, but also indicated that”it wouldn’t last long”.
“When you are 21 and play up front and don’t score it is very quickly a problem,” said Wenger. ...........Read more
Alan Smith joined Arsenal from Leicester in 1987 and scored over 100 goals for us before hanging up his boots. The player nicknamed Smudger may not have been the biggest star in the world, but he knew where the back of the net was and scored some vital goals for the club, including the only goal as the Gunners won the European Cup Winners’ Cup final.
And he wants Arsenal to do well, which is why he has told Arsene Wenger in a Daily Star report in no uncertain terms that Arsenal can forget about winning the Premier League title unless the Frenchman brings a top quality centre forward to the Emirates today. ...........Read more
Arsene Wenger has admitted that Olivier Giroud is unlikely to play for Arsenal again this year,but has ruled out bringing in yet another striker into the fold, as he has many budding centre-forwards already on the books.
“Giroud had surgery today from a broken tibia and while it went well, he will be out for three to four months, competition-wise,” said Wenger after the Bediktas game. “He will be capable of playing again in the Premier League end of December but it may be the beginning of January before he is competitive at the top level. ...........Read more
Some might say that Arsenal had lady luck on their side yesterday because we came back against a very strong Everton side after being 2-0 down with less than 10 minutes on the clock, but there was nothing lucky about our goals, unlike the second scored by Everton which should have been chalked off for two separate reasons.
And our bad luck did not stop there either, because a strong challenge from Distin right at the end left our striker Olivier Giroud sitting on the pitch nursing his ankle. Arsene Wenger then suggested, as reported by ESPN, that it did not look likely that the Frenchman would be able to start against Besiktas on Wednesday. That is a massive game and we already have The3o Walcott and Yaya Sanogo unavailable. ...........Read more
After Arsenal put five past the Portuguese champions Benfica yesterday, Arsene Wenger will have a much easier job convincing the Arsenal fans that he knows what he is doing in the striker department. In his post match interview on Arsenal.com, the Frenchman talks about the two young Gunners that got the goals yesterday and revealed exactly why Arsenal do not need another forward.
His declaration not long ago that he was not looking to sign a striker, after completing the transfer of Alexis Sanchez, had some Arsenal fans worried, because apart from Yaya Sanogo, there did not seem to be much cover for Olivier Giroud at centre forward and that cost the Gunners dearly last season. ...........Read more