Yaya Sanogo Is Already Good Enough To Challenge Arsenal’s Current Strikers. Transfer Scouting Report
At long last, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger looks set to splash the cash this summer, with Gonzalo Higuain, Wayne Rooney, Marouane Fellaini and Ashley Williams are those touted as the men to help bring an end to eight, long trophy-less years for the Gunners.
However, one deal that is all but done is the capture of Auxerre starlet Yaya Sanogo, who has been impressing many over in Turkey at the Under-20 World Cup with powerful displays that have seen him net two goals already in the tournament.
The rangy hit-man netted an impressive nine goals in only 13 appearances for his club Auxerre this season, and showed no signs of letting up in the heat of the U-20 showpiece.
He is a defender’s nightmare with pace to burn, an incredible amount of upper-body strength and a thunderbolt of a strike at his disposal.
Les Bleuets blew well-fancied Ghana away in the tournament opener, with a stunning second-half display, spearheaded by Sanogo who could not be stopped by the Africans’ rearguard.
The 20-year-old has scored a lot of goals at every level of international football up to the under 20s, form which has earned him two caps for the U-21s.
The Gunners have been more than partial to the odd Frenchman over the years, and Sanogo revealed it was the words of scout Giles Grimandi and Wenger himself that persuaded him to move to England.
And although he may not be a first-team regular immediately, Wenger will hope that Sanogo can add more goals than his current strike force who it is fair to say, have not lived up to their billing.
Olivier Giroud netted 11 goals in 24 Premier League matches last season, which is a respectable return for his debut season in England, but he frustrated much of The Emirates’ faithful with his wayward finishing at times.
With a shot accuracy of just 49%, the Frenchman toiled to re-discover his prolific form that helped steer Montpellier to a surprise Ligue 1 title success in 2011/12, and struggled with the weight of expectation on his shoulders.
The same can be said for Lukas Podolski, who has failed to hold down a first-team spot since his arrival from boyhood club FC Koln.
With 110 international caps to his name, the third most in German history, the pacy forward came to London with a big reputation, but has been anonymous for much of the campaign.
The 28-year-old is far more clinical than Giroud, netting the same amount of goals from a fraction of the attempts the Frenchman had, but he simply doesn’t get himself into attacking positions as readily.
A performance score of 912 is respectable, but it is fair to say he has not had the effect that Wenger intended when he signed a vastly experienced international striker.
True, he is often played out wide left, but his natural striker instincts seem to have averted him, and Sanogo may get the nod earlier than he may expect as a result.
With Higuain seemingly on his way too, Sanogo could be the perfect foil for him, and with the rare natural ability to find the back of the net, the young hitman could spearhead an Arsenal assault on the Premier League summit.