End of the line for Arsenal flop?

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.

With Theo Walcott joining Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud though, chances were linited and so hje went to the Dutch club Ajax on loan. We were hoping that playing in Holland and working with Bergkamp would help, but Sanogo has flopped badly. So much so that he is hardly playing and a Metro report reveals that the Dutch club are looking for a new striker to replace the young Gunner.

If he can´t make it with Ajax, how on earth is he going to break into the Arsenal team? Do you think we will ever see him on the pitch for the Gunners again?

Arsenal to soon have ‘new Zlatan’ up front?

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.

Anyway, as revealed in a Metro report, the young Gunner has been loaned to Ajax where Arsene Wenger is hoping that he can benefit from the football acumen of two former Arsenal stars, Dennis Bergkamp and Marc Overmars. Sanogo is certainly backing himself and is using some former Ajax greats to motivate himself.

He said, “My reference [for the move] is Zlatan and Kanu – legends who played for Ajax. The manager from Amsterdam (Frank De Boer) called me last week and said, “I want you to play for us, for Ajax.”

“I am very happy because I didn’t think a big club like Ajax wanted me so I have to work hard to play. I hope to score a lot of goals.”

Arsene Wenger has also shown confidence in the tall young forward, starting him in some big games against the likes of Bayern Munich and Liverpool and he has performed well without banging in the goals. Add that, and could Sanogo really be like a new Zlatan for Arsenal?

Arsenal injury curse strikes AGAIN

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.

But the way Arsenal’s luck has been going, that was never going to last and now the injury curse has hit Danny Welbeck at just the wrong time, with Giroud serving a three match ban. Arsenal.com have reported that the former Man United forward picked up a thigh problem in our last game.

Theo Walcott may be fit again but has not started a game in nearly a year and Yaya Sanogo seems to be carrying a knock as well. So how do Arsenal cope for trip to face Southampton on Friday?

Arsenal captain AND Wilshere facing LONG injury spells

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.

Wenger said, “The injury situation is a problem because we have many games and we lost two players tonight. The first one is Arteta, who again has a calf problem and that looks quite serious, and we lost Sanogo as well on a hamstring problem. Wilshere sees a specialist, finally and we’ll know more on Thursday night.”

Arsenal could certainly do with some good news from the scan on Wilshere, as if he does not need surgery he could be back in time to help out over the busy festive fixture list. If not, though, and the Gunners have to without Jack and Arteta, that central midfield area looks to be spread as thinly as Marmite on toast.

Any more injuries and we will struggle to get to the January transfer window and avoid disaster.

DONE DEAL as Arsenal boss confirms striker signing

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.

They do say that you don’t know what you’ve got until you lose it and that seems to be the case with Giroud. Arsenal fans and media pundits are now seeing what the big centre forward brought to the team and perhaps appreciating him a lot more. And we will have another two years to appreciate him as well, after Wenger confirmed, as reported by The Independent, that the club were on the verge of completing a contract extension that will see the newly turned 28-year old remain with Arsenal until 2018.

The manager said, “It is done. We will complete it.”

Whether this means that the Gunners will not be looking for any more striking options in January or next summer, we will have to wait and see, but I think it is good news. And it will definitely help Giroud, as his new £80,000 a week deal proves that his manager has faith in him and his importance to the Arsenal cause.

Arsene Wenger admits that Sanogo has a “problem”

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.

“I don’t think that problem will last very long but when you have the chance to play for Arsenal and you don’t score it is a problem.

“He tried very hard. You can say he didn’t score, yes. Is it on his mind? Of course. He is a striker and scored many goals as a young player.”

I don’t know if Arsenal fans are willing to wait for Sanogo to get his first goal if it costs the team crucial points every week. Should we learn to be patient like Wenger?

Arsenal legend tells Wenger straight! Sign a striker or else!!

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.

Smith watched the Gunners struggle against Leicester yesterday and that game was enough to convince him that Yaya Sanogo is not the answer after we lost Olivier Giroud to injury. He sounds as frustrated and baffled as I feel about our failure, so far, to use some of the huge transfer kitty we keep being told about.

Smith said, “Between now and January, when Giroud is reported to be fit again, he’s got to depend on Yaya Sanogo and maybe Alexis Sanchez every now and then, plus Lukas Podolski.

“I don’t think that will be enough to sustain a title challenge. And that’s what everyone at Arsenal wants and all the supporters.

“Arsenal, for a long time now, have been saying ‘we’ve got the money, we can pay the transfer fees, we can pay the salaries and compete with anybody on salaries’, so there’s no excuse from a financial point of view.

“It’s down to how badly you want him, how much you think he would be an advantage to your side.

“It’s so frustrating to Arsenal fans because you look at the number of quality players they’ve got out there and if they could just go that extra mile and get that striker.

“But then it always seems like ‘if they could get one or two more…’ They always seem that little bit short.

“You are playing with one arm behind your back without a proper top quality striker.”

But we know what Wenger thinks of other people and their `opinions` about Arsenal, so will he stick to his guns and refuse to sign the striker that Smith, and almost every other person in football, thinks we need to stand a chance?

Wenger WILL NOT bring Radamel Falcao to Arsenal

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.

“You will ask me straight away who we will buy? At the moment, no one. We will look around but we want quality, and we have quality: we have [Yaya] Sanogo, [Lukas] Podolksi, [Joel] Campbell, Theo Walcott is coming back soon, and to find players better than we have will be very difficult now.

“Look, if you want to make anybody happy just buy all these players. But what is important is the performance on the pitch, and the solidarity we have shown tonight. Having said that, if you look at the players on the bench and those injured, we have players you know. You cannot just buy when the player is injured. We are open for any position as long as we feel the player can strengthen the squad. But to buy? I don’t see the purpose of that. If we feel we have a player who can give something to our squad, we’ll do it in any position. We’re open.”

Although Wenger did not mention Sanchez above, he played the Chilean in the centre against Besiktas, and the manager is convinced he can make that position his own. “He had a good game, not only on the technical side but the fighting side,” said Wenger.

“He was mobile, dangerous and has shown as well he has great fighting spirit, qualities that will be very important in the Premier League. He produced the performance we wanted, technically, tactically and mentally. Can he play in that role for three or four months? He can play his whole month at centre-forward. I bought him to play as a striker, not to play only on the flanks.”

So there we have it. Wenger will not buy Falcao, or any other striker. Sanchez will be first choice, and the others will be able to give Alexis a rest in the lesser competitions….

Giroud injury ensures Arsenal luck is still all BAD

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.

So those two harsh yellow cards for Aaron Ramsey in the first leg in Istanbul are looking even more of a problem, because the Welshman is our main goal threat after the strikers. Wenger may be forced to try Alexis Sanchez through the middle again, but he also admitted that the Chilean was not physically match ready yet and the first half at Everton did not offer many signs that he will be an able deputy for Giroud, not yet at least.

It would be nice if the Gunners got a bit of good luck every now and then, but don’t hold your breath. If Arsenal started an undertakers business, people would stop dying!!

Wenger reveals why Arsenal will NOT sign a striker

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.

But now that the young French striker has found his scoring boots in stunning style, with four against Benfica, those concerns do not seem as critical, and with the boss also stating that Joel Campbell would definitely not be going out on loan, our front line starts to look pretty good.

Wenger said of Sanogo, “Sanogo was injured for basically two years before he came to us. If you look at his goal scoring record before he got injured, it is quite frightening.

“For a while when he came back last season, he could not score. You could see when he scored the first goal today, suddenly they came raining. I especially liked the third goal he scored, it was really the goal of a striker of quality.

“He has a big future here, or course, he is 21. He has something of Adebayor. He is strong, a strong body, similar strengths [to Adebayor], but as well technical skill.”

And he continued, “Campbell has done very well. I like the way he plays, he’s good on the ball, creative and collectively as well he has a good balance between individual skill and collective attitude – that’s not easy to find.”

The manager has also spoken about Sanchez and revealed that he will have no hesitation in playing the Chilean down the middle as well as on either flank, so with Walcott and Podolski also possible options, is Wenger right to say that Arsenal do not need another striker?