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Arsenal have the new Thierry Henry in Yaya Sanogo

Wenger is known for taking risks on injury prone talents. (©GettyImages)
Wenger is known for taking risks on injury prone talents. (©GettyImages).

Yaya Sanogo seems like the prototypical Arsene Wenger signing; young, French, cheap, and anything but a household name. 

While a deal is yet to be finalised, Wenger, usually candid when talking about transfers, said to the press the deal was in advanced stages.

What will the free transfer from France's second division bring to The Emirates?

For one, Sanogo is as physically composing as they come. At 6'3", he rivals Arsenal target man and compatriot Olivier Giroud in the height department. 

However, Sanogo is a much more well-rounded athlete than the former Montpellier hitman, and he has speed and agility that far surpasses the norm for his lanky frame. 

He is often compared to Aston Villa star Christian Benteke, a lethal combination of physical traits that have made him one of the deadliest strikers in this campaign.

Second, Sanogo will bring ball control that Wenger salivates over. A keen first touch, coupled with his superior dribbling skills, Sanogo has the ability to evade Premier League defenders with ease.

However, Sanogo brings a lengthy injury list that will remind the Arsenal faithful of another French product, the often-maligned Abou Diaby. Sanogo has suffered a double leg break, another injury due to that leg break, and a thigh problem which has limited him to only 24 senior appearances for Auxerre in four seasons.

While the under-21 French international may present a struggly to even get on the pitch for the Gunners, Wenger has a trained eye for talent, and an even keener eye for a bargain. 

Sanogo appears to be both, a low-risk, high-reward player that could develop into one of the most feared strikers in the Premier League, like his fellow CO Les Ulis academy graduate Thierry Henry.

The comparisons to the Gunner's all-time scoring leader might be preemptive, considering Sanogo has not officially signed with Arsenal, however, it is never too early to examine talent, and it is never too early for fans to dream of the next world-class player.


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