So Arsenal finally made their first move in the transfer window. Sure, it wasn’t exactly what everyone was hoping for but it’s a step in the right direction. News on Gonzalo Higuain still looks far away but one thing for sure is that Yaya Sanogo is officially an Arsenal player.
He certainly won’t be a contender for the Golden Boot but he looks like a decent enough signing. He is physically strong 20-year-old striker who notched 11 goals in 24 appearances for former club Auxerre.
For a 20 year old, that is not a bad statistic. He has also represented France at U19 and U21 level while he is currently at the U20 World Cup where he has scored two goals in three games. His potential is promising and he seems to be on form and he was a free agent so there is no pressure about a fee, however this is not the signing to get carried away with.
His scoring record is good and sounds even better when he scored 7 goals in 2 games in the space of a week. However on the downside that means he scored 4 goals in 22 appearances and the statistics start to look a little depressing.
Sanogo may be a powerful forward with a lot of promise but Arsenal have been signing these players for several years and they haven’t been turning out well. I’m sure Sanogo could be a leading striker in a few years but they need players who can make an impact next season.
I hope he is a success at the club and a lot of top teams were interested so he might become a success but he will still be behind Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski in the pecking order while moves for Gonzalo Higuain and Wayne Rooney are still ongoing.
The youth system was seriously depleted ad the end of last season and so moves to reinforce that are welcome however this signing feels more for the senior team. I like seeing the youngsters get a chance but Sanogo isn’t a name that will make Premier League defenders nervous, nor will it be the striker that will fire us to Champions League glory.
Wenger has been handed a huge financial war chest and really needs to spend it. Sanogo is a good start but that’s all it is, a start. He needs to carry on and bring at least two well known established players in to the squad. We are only in day 2 of the transfer window so there is plenty of time but why wait Wenger?