Arsenal have completed the club’s first signing of the summer and it’s bound to be one that pays off in the long run.
Yaya Sanogo is the newest striker on Arsenal, as the 20-year-old signed a deal as a free agent with the club, according to Ben Curtis of the Daily Mirror. Curtis reports that Sanogo will join his new team once the Under-20 World Cup has concluded. When that day comes, prepare to see the best that he has to offer.
Sanogo has been hot for France at the U-20 World Cup in Turkey. Through three matches, he’s scored twice, which is tied for the fifth-most of any other player at the tournament. He is France’s scoring leader and has accounted for nearly half of the team’s goals. Clearly he’s an essential part of the team’s strategy and success.
Arsene Wenger likes what he’s seen recently from the young striker, as he said the following in a news release on the club’s official website:
"Sanogo is a good young signing for us. He has shown that he has potential with his recent performances for Auxerre and also for the France Under-20 side. We are looking forward to Yaya joining us and continuing his promising development."
Some Gunners fans may be skeptical of the signing considering Sanogo’s injury history. The striker has a knack for getting hurt and missing extended periods of time. He’s suffered a broken leg, an injury related to the broken leg and a thigh injury all in the last three years, per Andrew Gibney of the Daily Mirror.
Injuries have been the only thing restricting Sanogo from breaking out. But when he’s been healthy enough to take the pitch, he’s played well and has shown signs that he’ll be just fine in the Premier League. He scored nine goals in seven fixtures this year, per Gibney, which is great. He doesn’t have much experience, but does have potential.
Sanogo’s size is a big factor in his past success. He’s 1.91 meters (or 6-foot-3) and 74 kg (or 163 pounds). It’s safe to say that he’s somewhat lanky, but he uses his frame to his advantage, as he's still very strong. He’s quick and has the potential to blow by the top defenders he’ll soon be going up against. Simply put, Sanogo is a very athletic young player.
While the Gunners already have several notable strikers on the club and may even add more before the summer is over, Sanogo has a prime opportunity with Arsenal. If he makes the most of his limited minutes in the early goings of his career in the Premier League, that’s only going to earn him more time on the pitch.
Sanogo has all of the atrributes of a future star and if he stays healthy with the Gunners, there’s no question he can become one. This is a good low-risk, high-reward signing and Sanogo won’t make Wegner regret the decision to bring him to North London. He’ll soon become a mainstay in the Arsenal lineup.