While Arsenal focus on transfers to help next season, the club appears to have already secured a player who will be a long-term solution.
According to ESPN UK, Yaya Sanogo is prepared to sign with the Gunners thanks to a great persuasive effort by Arsene Wenger. He told France Football (via ESPN UK):
Gilles Grimandi [Arsenal scout] came to see me from time to time at Auxerre too. One day he called me for a meeting in a Paris hotel and Arsene Wenger was there. I was very impressed. Wenger told me I would get opportunities and reassured me about my injury. He told me he had followed me for years. That meeting was very important and today I am an Arsenal player.
This statement is not to be overlooked because it appears as though the 20-year-old player will have a relatively large role right away.
Via ESPN UK, back in May, Auxerre chairman Guy Cotret said of Wenger loaning Sanogo back to his club: "He will only loan him back to us if he considers the player is not ready to join his team after the pre-season preparations. Otherwise he will not loan him."
It appears as though the forward will be on the first team next season and will be asked to make an impact in a hurry.
While Sanogo has not faced the toughest competition, there is no denying his talent. He scored nine goals in eight games (four starts) for his club last season and consistently shows a great scoring touch around the net.
He also has great handle of the ball and knows how to beat defenders one-on-one if needed.
To this point, he has played on France's youth national teams, but he is certain to be a part of the senior squad within a few years.
Of course, the lack of experience could be a problem. It will be a big jump to the English Premier League, and the young player is likely to struggle in his first year on the first team. This is where a big-time transfer will take over, like target Gonzalo Higuain.
According to John Cross of Mirror Football, Arsenal are close to signing the Argentine striker after making a bid in the coming days.
In the meantime, Sanogo will continue to learn from veteran players while getting some playing time as he gets better throughout the year. A year or two down the line, he could be a solid contributor to help the squad contend for a league title.
It is not only the high-priced transfers that help a club become elite. Sanogo is the type of player that will fly under the radar but make a big impact down the line.
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