Arsenal look to have done a good bit of business with the signing of Auxerre striker Yaya Sanogo. The 20 year old joined the Gunners on a free transfer earlier this week while on duty for France at the U20 World Cup in Turkey.
Sanogo wasn’t a regular for Auxerre making his debut in 2010 but suffered a broken leg soon after ruling him out for five months. An injury of that severity is difficult to overcome, especially at a young age but he made his comeback at the start of the 2011/12 season.
He came in to the limelight with an impressive 7 goals in the space of a week. He followed up a hat-trick against FC Tours with a sublime four strikes against Stade Laval. He ended his Auxerre career with 11 goals in 24 appearances, which is a good strike rate for a young player.
However, his form has risen since his confirmed move to Arsenal. He is currently representing France at the U20 World Cup and is one of the leading scorers in the tournament. He netted in their opening victory to Ghana before earning a draw with the USA from the spot.
He failed to score in the loss to Spain but was back on form in the 4-1 thumping of hosts Turkey with a goal. He also opened the scoring as France breezed past Uzbekistan to set-up a semi-final clash with either Chile or Ghana, who they beat in the group stage.
His outstanding performances for France U20 have justified his move to Arsenal and Wenger will be hoping that he can reproduce the displays for the Londoners.The fact he has been handed the No.22 shirt suggests he could have a bigger part to play next season than many would have first thought.