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Arsenal to sign French striker who nearly became a postman

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Arsenal are set to sign Auxerre star Yaya Sanogo this summer - but the France under-21 international has admitted he almost quit football to become a postman.

Sanogo has agreed a four-year deal with the Gunners, and will join the club for the start of next season.

The France under-21 forward is currently with the under-20 national team at the World Cup in Turkey, but revealed he almost quit the sport after a double leg break left him fearing for his career.

"I felt there was no point in me continuing and putting my health at risk," Sanogo told The Sun.

"I couldn't run anymore, the doctors didn't know what my problem was and I felt disgusted.

"I told my mother that I was going to work for the Post Office. But one day I tried to run once more, it went well, and I recovered bit by bit."

Sanogo suffered the broken leg in 2010, but returned last season to fire home 10 goals in 13 appearances.

His fine form in Ligue 2 prompted interest from Wenger, who had scouts run the rule over the Frenchman. 

There was also interest from Ligue 1 side Lille, but Giles Grimindi reportedly held talks with the player regarding the move, before Wenger met Sanogo in Paris and convinced him to join the Premier League club.

Sanogo opened his under-20 World Cup account with the second goal in France's 3-1 victory over Ghana in their first match of the tournament.

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