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Yaya Sanogo shows class with two more goals for France U21s

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There are two Yaya Sanogo's in this world. The first one plays for Arsenal and couldn't score a goal in a competitive football match for toffee. The other is a captain for France U21s and a goal machine for Les Bleus across every level of youth.

Of course I am obviously talking about the same person, but it is baffling to see a completely different player emerge for his nation than he does for Arsenal.

While the Gunners will think of Sanogo as a laughable excuse for a striker, the fact remains that he has scored 38 goals for France across five different youth teams. Two of those came against a formidable England U21 side on Monday night as France came from 2-0 to win 3-2. It brought an end to an 11-match winning streak for the Young Lions.

International record

Looking at his record for France you see a 21-year-old who has a genuine chance of being prolific at the top level of football. Most notably, he scored four goals in seven games in the 2013 U20 World Cup, convincing Arsene Wenger to sign him from Auxerre.

However, his Arsenal record begs to differ. In 17 competitive games he is still awaiting his first goal. And it's not like he hasn't had the chances. Sanogo started three FA Cup games last season against Liverpool, Everton and Wigan. Arsenal scored a combined seven goals in those games and Sanogo failed to grab one.

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Again, he started two Premier League games this season against newly promoted Leicester City and perennial strugglers Crystal Palace, again failing to find the net.

But Arsenal fans have seen the best of Sanogo before, albeit in a friendly. Playing against Portugal champions Benfica, Sanogo bagged four goals in a single game, taking every chance that came to him in some sort of clinical, if not unorthodox, style.

What is clear is that he does have talent, but it is a raw as it comes. Not only that, but he seems to be as susceptible to injury as his compatriot and Arsenal team-mate Abou Diaby.

Comical clumsiness 

There is a comical clumsiness about him that suggests he has found himself on the football pitch purely for his physicality and not for skill. But there is a reason he scored a hatful of goals against Benfica and continues to do so for France at youth level.

Patience is not something that Arsenal fans hand out lightly and Sanogo will certainly have to kick on soon if he is to win them over. But there is a spark, just ask France.

His goals for France

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