Arsenal striker admits need to adapt to make it in Premier League

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When trying to associate Arsenal with a playing style the words 'physical' and 'strength' would probably be in the farthest thoughts from the mind of any football fan, with the Gunners far more renowned for their attacking and silky style of play than their robust nature.

However, new signing Yaya Sanogo has claimed that he needs to "toughen up" if he wishes to make it with the north London team.

The striker, who looked as if he could be Arsenal's only signing of the summer before their late transfer window activity, is a France U21 international, but has yet to start a match for the Gunners. 

Speaking to Arsenal Player, Sanogo admitted that he has to overcome challenges before he can find himself a regular starter for the club. 

"I will need time," he is quoted by the London Evening Standard. "It's a new way of life, a new league and it will take time to adapt. It's something I will manage.

"I will have to toughen up and improve my strength, that's part and parcel of such an intense league as the Premier League.

"My main aims are to come here and learn, progress in the game and learn my trade with such great players. Now I'm training with them, I'll gradually make progress." 

Sanogo scored 11 goals in 21 appearances for Ligue 1 side Auxerre before making his move to the Emirates Stadium in July. 

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