Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has hinted at the possibility of a Premier League loan move for striker Yaya Sanogo this January – but is determined to stay tight-lipped on speculation surrounding the youngster.
In a post-match interview in the aftermath of the Gunners’ 2-0 FA Cup win over Hull City, the Frenchman explained that: “Sanogo needs more experience at the top level in the Premier League.
"He’s ready to play but we have so many options up front that it’s difficult to play.”
With the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck all in good form for the north London side, Sanogo has found first-team appearances few and far between at the Emirates Stadium.
A return to home comforts?
And his failure to get near the starting line-up in the capital has sparked heavy speculation that the young Frenchman will spend the remainder of the season in his home country with Bordeaux.
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But Wenger has revealed that he would rather that Sanogo learn to ply his trade at another Premier League side.
Premier League experience vital
He added: “Personally, I said that many times I prefer the Premier League. That’s still the case.”
And according to Sky Sports, QPR and Crystal Palace are among the potential suitors for the France U21 striker – two sides with managers looking to bolster their attacking options.
For now though, Wenger is keen to re-affirm that “Yaya is here at the moment.”