Thierry Henry last graced the English Premier League with his dazzling skills and prolific scoring back in 2007. 

After transferring to Barcelona, Arsenal haven't had the same prowess in front of goal. Robin van Persie was good but he didn’t stay for the Gunners. 

The current crop of strikers like Olivier Giroud, Lukas Podolski and even Gervinho, are considerably good in front of goal but not good enough to provide them with silverware.

The signing of the 20-year-old sensation Yaya Sanogo from Auxerre amidst the news of possible big signings of the likes of Gonzalo Higuain and Luis Suarez, looks like little more than preparation for the future. 

But his resemblance to Henry in terms of footballing skills may change the fortunes of the Gunners and end their long-awaited trophy drought. 

Possessing a raw ability with great physical stature and strength, Sanogo also has speed and electrifying pace like Henry, which can destroy the opposition defence in no time. He is athletic like Henry and one should remember that Henry also joined Arsenal at such a tender age and became a world-class footballer. 

Honing his skills from the constant five-a-side matches during his time at CO Les Ulis , the same side from where Henry started his career, means he is technically astute.

He is blessed with a good first touch and can hold up the ball with his back to goal to bring his team-mates in to play. He can maraud past defenders and finishing confidently, same as Henry though he was not very much known for holding the ball.  

His goal scoring record is great with 18 goals in 18 matches for France at U16 level and has performed well with the U17, U18, U19 and U21 levels too. 

For Auxerre, he scored ten goals in nine starts last season, which included a quadruple against Laval.

He has all elements to become an exciting centre forward and being young , has the time to improve more and more to excel in the ever tough English Premier League . 

Though injuries have quite hamper his momentum, 16 goals from 24 starts do catches the eye for his precocious talent.

With the expected signings of big names, Sanogo can offer a great deal of fire power to the expected crop of players and can help Gunners to reach the ultimate goal of winning a trophy. And if he leaves his injured past behind he may emulate the great Thierry Henry.


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