Despite no official confirmation from Arsenal, apparently new signing Yaya Sanogo is already impressed with the club. Speaking to French media, Sanogo stated his delight in signing with the Gunners and told reporters of how the surprise move came about.
Sanogo said; “I told my agent the choice would be made between these two clubs. Lille’s coach Rudi Garcia called me all the time. I hesitated a lot. Gilles Grimandi [Arsenal scout] came to see me from time to time at Auxerre too. One day he called me for a meeting in a Paris hotel and Arsene Wenger was there. I was very impressed.”
There isn’t anything special about these quotes however I did wonder why Wenger was in Paris, whilst the season still wasn’t finished. Now there isn’t any official date stated when the meeting took place, however the signing of Sanogo was first rumoured while the season was still fully underway as Arsenal looked to fight with north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur. So why was Wenger prioritising an unknown youngster over what was looking like the tightest end to the season under his reign?
Sanogo continued; “Wenger told me I would get opportunities and reassured me about my injury. He told me he had followed me for years. That meeting was very important and today I am an Arsenal player. It will be an amazing adventure. I am just eager to start in one of the best leagues in the world. It is a dream that has come true.”
It seems as if Sanogo thinks he will be playing in the Premier League. I doubt he will stay at Arsenal this summer as I think it’s vital a player of his age and talent gets regular competitive playing time, perhaps on loan at another UK club, especially with the injures he has had in the past.
Surely there isn’t any room for him in Arsenal’s first team right now? And why hasnt the club made an announcement about him coming to the Emirates yet?