Arsenal are apparently leading the chase to sign the talk of French football at the moment – Auxerre striker Yaya Sanogo.

 According to French newspaper L’Equipe and cited by the Daily Star, manager Arsene Wenger and head scout Gilles Grimandi have apparently taken advantage of their week off to meet the star, whose contract runs up in June.

 Demand for the 20-year-old lanky striker has intensified after he scored seven goals in a single week in February – netting four past Laval before scoring a hat-trick seven days later against Tours.

 Sanogo’s development into the Auxerre first-team has been surprisingly slow – especially considering his incredible goal-scoring run of 18 goals in 18 games for the French Under 16s side in 2009.

 But one of the main reasons that Sanogo has been slow to enhance his promising career was due to a double leg break suffered in 2010 that kept him on the sidelines for nearly 18 months.

 However, now seemingly fully recovered, he is a regular in the Auxerre line-up with the explosive seven goals in two games proving he is back to realising his fearsome potential.

 With Auxerre unlikely to achieve promotion back in to France’s top-flight, and with his contract expiring in June, it is likely that Sanogo will look for a move away from the Ligue 2 outfit.

 And Wenger, a proven master when it comes to unearthing young French gems ready for the Premier League, is reportedly one-step up on any other potential transfer rivals as he searches for someone to fill Robin van Persie’s shoes.


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