With Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger receiving a lot of criticism for Arsenal’s lack of transfer activity in this window, fans are not happy with no money being spent at the Emirates Stadium this summer as title rivals all continue to add to their squads.
But Arsenal have actually added a new face to their squad, with 20-year-old France U21 striker Yaya Sanogo arriving on a free transfer from Ligue 2 club Auxerre.
No-one seems to even be considering Sanogo as a player who can star for Arsenal this season, but maybe he can. If Arsenal fail to buy a striker in this window, which closes on September 2, the youngster could feature quite a lot for the Gunners this season.
With Lukas Podolski currently injured, Theo Walcott having to operate out wide due to the absence of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and duo Nicklas Bendtner and Park Chu-Young likely to leave the club soon, Olivier Giroud is the only natural striker at the club at the moment.
For small cup games, Sanogo is likely to be required and if he can make an impact, big things can be expected of him in the future.
In fact, I remember when Arsenal signed a young French striker from Juventus in 1999. Back then, this man was an unknown striker and in his subsequent eight-year spell with Arsenal he earned respect from every team in the world and became the best striker on the planet. He is still the third top scorer in Premier League history as well as Arsenal’s all-time top scorer. In 2008, the strange signing Wenger took a risk on was crowned Arsenal’s greatest ever player by their own fans.
Of course, I’m talking about Thierry Henry. My point is, with the right time on a pitch plus patience from Arsenal fans, Sanogo can become an Arsenal great, just like the legendary Henry.
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