Arsenal fans will need to be patient with Sanogo but he’ll be worth it

When will Sanogo’s time come? by AH

For a long period of time in the summer transfer window, young French under 21 international striker Yaya Sanogo was Arsenal’s only signing and for a long time it looked as if he may be our only signing. However a move for ex-Gunner Mathieu Flamini and deadline day deals for Mesut Ozil and Emiliano Viviano quickly changed all that and suddenly Sanogo was all but forgotten.

But it hasn’t been long since then and Sanogo has already found himself in the limelight with Arsenal this season with a few appearances during the Emirates Cup, Champions League and the Premier League. Despite not scoring yet, Sanogo is still confident he can make it in England and rightly so, because if anyone doubts his ability at such an early stage into the transition to life at Arsenal then it’s plain ridiculous, especially at his tender age.

Wenger must have had strong belief in Sanogo to bring him to the Emirates because although he was a free transfer (not including some regulation fees regarding bosman deals on young players) from Ligue 2 side Auxerre, Sanogo has already sustained some serious injury problems over his career so far. However like so many players its important they don’t give up and that’s exactly what Sanogo recognises. The Frenchman spoke in an interview with Le10Sport, and Sky Sports picked out these quotes:

Sanogo said, “I know my time will come. I am patient and I am working hard every day. I tell myself that I’m only 20, I have to keep working to gain experience. I have been with Arsenal for two months now and I am adapting well to England and starting to get my bearings. In training, there are only great players, so you can only move forward.

“Arsenal is a great club, but even if I am only a small part of it I am a player like all the others. I have two eyes and two feet like them.”

It will take some time for the young striker to settle in, however with the amount of playing time Wenger has given him so far and the fact that we don’t have too many centre forwards in our squad, I think Sanogo could feature quite a lot this season. Obviously he will mainly play in the domestic cup competitions however a few premier league games are a certainty at some point during the season and like Sanogo himself, everyone is wishing for him to impress!

Don’t forget, Gooners, that it took Olivier Giroud time to get going last season, and he was already proven in the French leagues. Have faith and Sanogo could soon start to go go!

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74 thoughts on “Arsenal fans will need to be patient with Sanogo but he’ll be worth it

  1. FT

    I can’t say he’s impressed me so far but he is young.
    But surely we should have better back up than him and Bendtner.
    I can’t see either exactly springing from the bench to rescue a game.
    How much is he on anyway ?

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    1. 0xay0

      we ve always been patient, but his quality n worth is still unproven and at this stage we are in no position to experiment new things. his appearance in league matches would be a gamble which can go in anyway.

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      1. AFC_Gunner

        Even if he’s only on £10k a week (unlikely), he’ll get a short shrift from the crowd unless he scores 40%+ of his chances at goal. His first touch reminds me of Adebayor or Bendtner unfortunately but let’s give him a chance to prove himself

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      2. mighty

        to be honest any striker could be good if you got ozil cazorla Walcott wilsher ramsea to support you even andy carol would be good footballer not only a head-baller !

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        1. True Gunner

          Hate to say it but we made a mistake selling Carlos Vela he’s playing brilliant for Real Socidad and is scoring goals for fun, he is exactly the type of fast, skillful striker that we wanted to play alongside Giroud.

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    1. Henryesk

      Only if the team we loan him to would actually play him.. What club in the BPL don’t have at least 2 strikers better or mor experienced than Sanogo. Teams are not willing to do favours they need to get something out of it.. He needs to at least play reserve games to build his confidence.

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      1. Podolski9

        Crystal Palace
        Hull

        Easily better then most of their strikers

        Plus i rate Akpom higher then him. Sanogo doesnt look like an arsenal guy if u know what im saying. As for akpom, his movement his touches and passes during pre season where just ticking all the right boxes

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    2. NY_Gunner

      @0xay0
      Why lend him out so he can bang in goals for some other squad, when he could be doing it for the one he’s signed for?

      He’s got a wealth of knowledge surrounding him in his team mates. Playing with the 1st team will only bolster his confidence and nurture his raw talent.

      I say”Throw him in at the deep end and let him learn to swim that way”

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  2. glgooner

    we should have bought someone decent ,that way no patients is required . I saw him live at fulham and wasn’t impressed either .

    if it wasn’t for the usual injurys and lack of numbers he wouldnt be anywhere near the first team.

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    1. FT

      That Wenger tried to get Ba on loan sort of proves he’s not good enough for this season.
      Seeing the problem is the first step towards fixing it but we left it too late to get someone.
      I expect we’ll sign a striker in January but we should have had one for now.

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      1. PatLloyd

        The Ba attempt was nothing to do with Sangogo- he was to replace Bentdner

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        1. FT

          So you think if Ba had been signed that Sanogo would have been picked ahead of him?

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          1. SD

            I think he’s saying that both Ba and Bendtner are well ahead of Sanogo in terms of current playing ability. If Giroud can’t play, I would expect either Walcott or Bendtner to play ahead of Sanogo (Podolski would be first if he was healthy though). I think Sanogo is just a young project that Arsene is forced to use until he finds someone else. If he thought he was going to have to keep Bendtner, it may have been Bendtner coming in late in those games instead of Sanogo.

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  3. PatLloyd

    Looks clumsy, then again thats the exact word people used to describe Henry with at first

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  4. Goonsquad8

    I believe he will come good for us. I think he will be a massive player in the next few years after finding his feet but you can tell he has all the abilities to succeed he’s just extremely raw

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  5. T-shirt

    i have not seen him squander a 1on1,so why not give the young chap a breather. we have players to focus our searchlight on,we all get it wrong with this players,look how ramsey is silencing his critics now

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  6. grimey

    OFF TOPIC:
    Just went on the premier league predictor and put a score in for each game for the rest of the season and my top 6 looked like this:

    1. Arsenal GD.64 PTS.100
    2. ManC GD.49 PTS.91
    3. Chelsea GD.48 PTS.87
    4. ManU GD.34 PTS.83
    5. L’Pool GD.18 PTS 72
    6. Spuds GD.16 PTS 70

    Oh to be a gooner!

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    1. grimey

      We got a great run in. last 5 games are:
      W’Ham(H)
      Hull(A)
      New’C(H)
      WestBrom(H)
      Norich(A)

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      1. FT

        @ Pat

        Blasphemy! Don’t be bringing the mood down with your negativity, that’s my job!

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        1. PatLloyd

          The invincibles managed 90points how the hell is this team getting 100.
          Winning the league is very optimistic but 100points is ridiculous. Im hoping for 80-85points

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          1. Twig

            I’ll be happy with 44 pts seriously. After the first half of the season I mean :D.

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    2. grimey

      Admittedly caught up in the wave of positivity. Try it yourself and see if you can avoid making us win every game 3-0.
      Coyg

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  7. k

    Still,wud av loved 2 see Benteke especially after we goin 4 him on deadline day

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    1. RSH

      He has critics? He’s not even played a full 90. I dont think any Arsenal fans is upset about him at the moment…

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      1. Tidan2

        I have read plenty of comments saying how unimpressive Sanogo has been in his odd 15 minute appearances so far… no one is upset, but there has been plenty of criticism.

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  8. T-shirt

    giving him time to settle in the epl will be good,a goal will unlock his mental block.
    personally i will throw akpom and eisfeld into the striking department. the former looks comfortable on the ball and score goals too. while eisfield is a goalkeeper’s nightmare,he knows how to do one thing so well(score goals).
    if draxler was given the opportunity to prove himself,why not for these young guns.

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  9. Archangel

    I’m not sold on him…if informations are correct, he’s injured again…And besides that, what he played, did not impress me..But yes, maybe its Wengers mistake to stick him in the first team right away, couse he has no place there just yet..maybe year or better 2, but now looks like a zebra on ice…And the more he will look/act like that, more will fans get on his case (you do now, arsenal fans do that to their players), more will his confidence fall…
    Just to soon for him to play in the first team…

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    1. French

      What impressed me the most about his performance was his hold up play. When a ball was played into him it stuck like glue and afterward he would usually find a great pass. He put more of his teammates in on goal then Fulham’s Bryan Ruiz that night. Goal or not he was still the most dangerous man on the pitch.

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  10. jperiod

    Actually, I thnk that at this point Joel Campbell is a bit ahead of Sanago, even though they are both a bit raw. If Campbell gets more playing time with his loan spell, he could be well ahead of Sanogo come next season. That’s assuming that Arsenal bring him back. The latin american players have not had much success cracking the Arsenal first team. But after seeing Campbell with Costa Rica in their world cup qualifier, he looks promising.

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    1. SB

      Lets hope Campbell gets a gig next season, will provide good back up behind Giroud and whoever we hopefully bring in in Jan!

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      1. Tidan2

        well, he’s getting a lot of minutes for Olympiakos and they aren’t half bad so I expect good things from him next season (if he is allowed to play, i think its work permit issues thats keeping him away right now)

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  11. Rockylegendliveson

    I will give him time, I remember I thought Song was a complete waste but he blossomed into a good player. I never thought Ramsey could reach this level, Wenger has the ability to get these players to new levels.

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    1. FT

      Wenger is a great coach, he usually gets the best out of players and few ever leave and play better elsewhere. I know Henry, RVP and Fabregas have left and won things but that doesn’t mean they’ve played better, it just means they went to better teams.

      But I don’t want us to wait years, giving raw talent PL game time so they can improve and we lose points. I want more diamonds and less rough diamonds and remember a lot of these guys don’t make it, let them do at least some of their apprenticeship elsewhere.

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      1. NY_Gunner

        @FT
        All real diamonds were once lumps of coal. And how does giving him PL game equate to us losing points?

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        1. AFC_Gunner

          Graphite to diamond takes several million years or Superman. We’ve given the youngsters a good go and now it’s time to win with proven players

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    1. hahahahaspuds

      Henry was a lot more mobile than Sanogo, being able to drop back to midfield and move out to the wings and still pop up in the middle to score goals.

      Sanogo is more of a target man, he will be like Giroud.

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    2. NY_Gunner

      @mattboyrosey
      Yeah, I believe he has the potential to be as good as if not better than Henry…
      Look who he plays for.

      Enuff said…

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  12. TheRealYusuf.H

    No manager is bigger than the club. You lot should think about that before you excuse every mistake mr. wenger has made.

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    1. FT

      A non believer, I didn’t think they were any left

      I’m more of a doubting Thomas or a sceptic than a non believer but you gotta admit the man exudes class and Intelligence.

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  13. nyc

    joel campbell and serge gnabry are the ones who deserve a chance much earlier than sanogo. they are associated with arsenal for some time now and they should get a go ahead of sanogo.

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  14. Archangel

    Thing is, we have, what might just be, msot creative midfield in history of EPL, so it would be an amazing shame if our striker is someone who just isnt capable of transforming all the chances into goals. Olly can moove and we need a guy who will do the tap ins and everything else thats served on his leg

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  15. leo

    Micah Richards Q&A with The Telegraph

    Q. Best ground played at?
    A. I’d have to say the Emirates. I grew up as an Arsenal fan

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    1. Archangel

      why did ya sign for shitty than?! He’d be a belter to have, me thinxx..Had we signed him, no need for anyone else, defence is covered…

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  16. ahappygunner

    To early to say what he will be like, wenger must see potential in him, so if he gets thrown on as sub when we are 3-0 up what’s the harm.

    There still is some that think wenger is not up to the job, all I can say to them is let’s see what happens between now and The new year, if we are top of the table or a few points away then wenger would have shown that he hasn’t lost it. The team seems to have a buzz about it now and there seems to be a positivity around the gunners that has been missing.

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  17. T-shirt

    ozil+rosicky+cazorla
    hmmm sumptuous,i would put my money on giroud being the top scorer,he could now step up on a brace per game. wenger will be having a selection migraine right now,all thanks to ozil.
    ozil signing now makes walcott more relevant than ever,because of the counterattacking play which arsenal now prefer now. sussing through the antecedents of ozil,he tends to strike the play straight to the player up top when his team gains possesion deep down the pitch,and walcott stands to gain from this using his speed.
    so dont be worried if arsenal gets 47% ball possesion against top teams and still go on to win the match like against spuds,ozil’$ coming makes all this better.

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  18. Mike

    well i hear he is injured and cant play for france so it looks like another typical wenger signing

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  19. arsenal forever

    I think wenger can transform sonogo into one of the best strikers in the world and this process need a time even van pussy needed about 7 years to settle

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  20. LagosGunner

    Giroud + Cazorla + Ozil = Godzilla

    Ashley Young + Scholes = Assholes!!!

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  21. Vin

    Here’s what I do not understand. I watched bits and pieces of the USA/CostaRica game and Joel Campbell WAS dangerous! Why is he NOT on the team and Sanogo ,who I watched at the U-23 (or maybe it was the U-21) this summer and who looked lost (with Pogba being the ABSOLUTE star of the French team) IS on the team?? Seems very strange.

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  22. junweiseah

    We should give both akpom and sanogo chances, because tbh akpom looks a lot more skilled. We should give our own academy players a chance, if not what’s the point of an academy?

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  23. supersublimation

    He hasn’t impressed me at all, I don’t remember anything remarkable about his performances. And i know, it’s kinda “harsh” to say this about a young player like him, but com’n, let’s be rational here; he has by now already almomst used all of his chances! That’s not me hating, that’s just facts! …Who are we kidding, he don’t have six months or a year, he will be replicated by Wenger, and it’s how it been and, will be. If he want’s to stay in Arsenal, he have to have luck on his side, otherwise it’s very hard to become “somebody” from “nobody” at such short time he (realistically) has!

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  24. maxwell

    Wenger does this very well bring young players through, and not exposing them until the time is right, give him time.

    I think we all agree we need a back up stricker for giroud, I think if this guy stays fit he will be one of the top goal scores in the EPL this season.

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  25. Harold

    Sanogo is simply not good enough for a third striker, I know he is young, but from what I have seen of him and for France U-23 he falls way below the standard for a top four club in the premier league. His not even a good passer of the ball. Am surprise Mr wenger include Sanogo ahead of Joel Campbell who is more of a complete player, He can play on both wings as an striker or just behind a striker. He could clearly get more out of Campbell, Sanogo is too roar.

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  26. Bergkamp10

    I have read this with disbelief, are we looking at the same Sanogo??

    I look at him play, then I look at Benteke and Lukaku, that tells me all I need to know.

    He is a second division French footballer.

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  27. Sunnidinho

    “He is a second division player” this is the same moronic comment people made concerning koscieny

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  28. captinweestain

    He looked drunk last time i saw him, but let’s give the guy a chance, he was free and with Wenger coaching him who know’s.

    He looked tidy playing with Pogba in france u21′s
    Same height, style.

    Gve him a chance, he’s a GOONER!

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  29. Gunnerboy93

    I’m sure people seem to forget that footballers are people to. Bare in mind Sanogo is a young man who has just moved to a brand new country leaving his family and friends behind, to come to a city he has probably never visited before, to play for one of the biggest teams in the world. Imagine how he must feel trying to adapt when the press and us fans were making such noise about they’ve of transfers making him seem like a nobody. As arsenal fans we should be supporting our young players.

    Now regardless what anyone says, after seeing sanogo play in the u21 World Cup, he has everything he needs to become a huge success. His movement and the way he gets into attacking positions is admirable, he scored one goal in particular which showed me all I needed to see, got played through 1v1, the crowd literally went silent not a single noise, and he curled it round the goalkeeper from 12yards. How many players in the premier league can you honestly say would score a 1v1 when the crowd goes silent and everyone is watching you.

    Show a little faith and bare in mind his age, hopefully giroud will stay fit, and I personally think Walcott should get a shot down the middle, just a dangerous finisher. But if sanogo does get called upon, don’t be so hard on him. Give him a chance to prove himself.

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