Arsenal have announced their first signing of the summer, as France Under-20 striker Yaya Sanogo has joined the club on a long-term contract.

The 20-year-old striker left French side Auxerre this summer after interest was shown by Premier League side Arsenal, and because of that interest, he refused to sign a new contract and it has been announced today that he has finalised his move.

Sanogo made 24 appearances for the French side and scored 11 goals in those appearances - and he becomes Arsene Wenger's first signing of the summer as he looks to strengthen his squad for the upcoming season.

The Frenchman enjoyed a six-year spell at Auxerre and has also represented his country at under-16, under-17 and under-19 levels.

He is currently part of France's team that is competing at the U20 World Cup in Turkey.

So far Sanogo has had a very impressive tournament, scoring in two of the three games. His goals have helped France qualify for the knockout stages.

Sanogo will now work with Wenger, the longest-serving manager in the Premier League, who is delighted to have signed the 20-year-old.

“Sanogo is a good young signing for us," Wenger told the Arsenal website. "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.”

 

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