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It is fair to say there were more than a few raised eyebrows following Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger’s capture of then-France U-20 international Yaya Sanogo on a free transfer from Auxerre last July.
However, while the lanky striker hardly set the world alight on the admittedly few occasions he was called upon to lead the line for the Gunners last season—failing to score in any of his 14 appearances in all competitions for his new side—there were definitely some signs of promise from the 21-year-old.
And now, following an impressive pre-season from the attacker—Sanogo netted four goals against Benfica earlier this month—the frontman looks ready to show just why his fellow countryman was so keen to lure him to the Emirates in the first place.
So much so, in fact, that Wenger has even opted to start the player upfront in place of fellow Frenchman Olivier Giroud in both last weekend’s FA Community Shield victory over champions Manchester City and Saturday’s 2-1 win over Crystal Palace that kicked off the new Premier League campaign.
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