Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has decided to allow French striker Yaya Sanogo to leave the Emirates Stadium on loan next month.
This is according to BBC Sport journalist David Ornstein, who understands that Sanogo is likely to be loaned out to another Premier League club - rather than a team based overseas.
Wenger reportedly wants the 6ft 4in striker, who has scored one goal in 19 appearances for the Gunners, to gain some valuable first-team experience away from Arsenal in an attempt to help build his confidence.
Sanogo: Talented but raw
Sanogo, 21, netted his first competitive goal for the Gunners during last month’s 2-0 home win over Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.
Regarded as a talented but raw striker, the France Under-21 international has struggled for first-team opportunities this season. The arrival of Danny Welbeck has knocked him down the Gunners’ pecking order - and he has subsequently made just three Premier League appearances this term.
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Furthermore, he has played a total of one minute of league football since Arsenal’s 1-1 draw away at Leicester City at the end of August.
Loan move suits all parties
With Olivier Giroud now back in action, plus England international Welbeck also vying for the centre-forward spot along with the likes of Lukas Podolski and Joel Campbell, Wenger has decided it’s in the best interests of both Arsenal and Sanogo to sort out a loan move with another Premier League club.
A handful of teams are expected to be interested in acquiring Sanogo’s services on a short-term deal. Despite his lack of Premier League goals, the Frenchman showcased his talents with a remarkable four-goal haul during a pre-season match against Benfica.
The likelihood is that Sanogo will join a Premier League club fighting against relegation. Arsenal, after all, will not be prepared to loan the striker to a rival competing for a European place.
Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp admitted this week that his priority is to sign another striker in January, while other clubs including Crystal Palace, Burnley and Leicester City could also be tempted to enter the race for the former Auxerre starlet.
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