Yaya Sanogo Heads To Crystal Palace On Loan


In a continuation of Arsenal’s activities in the January transfer window, misfiring and former ‘World Class talent’ Yaya Sanogo has been sent out on loan to fellow London team Crystal Palace as Wenger’s clearing out the deadwood policy holds firm. New Palace manager Alan Pardew was keen to  boost his attacking options during the transfer window and obviously thinks the Frenchman can add to his strikeforce.

Sanogo has been something of a divisive force since his arrival at Arsenal, with Wenger taking a gamble when he signed the injury prone striker amid fears that he’d never play a full season in a top flight. However Wenger took him on and reassured fans that there was a lot to  come from the young man, however what talent was seen by the manager, and other scouts around the world to be fair, has never really materialised. As such the young man has only made 3 appearances this season, totalling 140 minutes in the Premier League.

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Sanogo did manage to score a wonderful hattrick in the pre-season friendly matches back in the summer of 2014 which seemed to herald the arrival of his talent, this coming off the back of what looked to be a promising performance against Hull in the FA Cup final where he really put himself amongst the opposition back line a made a nuisance of himself.

Usually here I would talk about the stats of a player that was leaving and how we might miss him, but seeing as he’s barely played I don’t think we’re going to miss him at all. But it does also bring up a question of what Pardew is looking for Sanogo to bring to his team.

He is a young man and so he does have time to mature and progress, but I think his time at Arsenal may well be over. I do hope he does Well at Palace because he has always given maximum effort in each of the minutes he has been given a chance in an Arsenal shirt, but I don’t think he’ll be in our squad by the end of August 2015.

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