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Lille open talks with Arsenal over Yaya Sanogo loan deal

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Arsenal have been approached by Ligue 1 outfit Lille over a season-long loan deal for Yaya Sanogo, according to The Evening Standard.

The 22-year-old striker has failed to impress since arriving from Auxerre on a free transfer in 2013. He has scored just one goal for the Gunners and started just eight games.

He also failed to impress during a six-month loan spell at Crystal Palace in the latter half of the recently concluded 2014/15 campaign.

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Alan Pardew seems to have decided against making that loan move a permanent one and with Olivier Giroud, Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott all standing in front of him at the Emirates, another loan deal is a likely option.

Arsene Wenger would prefer to send Sanogo out to another Premier League club to try to help him adapt to the English game, but a lack of interest on these shores could give Lille the upper hand.

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Evaluating the situation

They will assure Arsenal that Sanogo will get plenty of first-team football in Ligue 1 and would also free up space for Wenger to sign another, more established centre-forward.

But Wenger may first like to evaluate his squad before making a final decision and is likely to wait until Arsenal's pre-season tour of Asia to see if Sanogo has something to offer next season.

However, the signs are not good for the France Under-21 international, who has struggled for fitness as well as form since joining Arsenal. His persistent injury problems have halted his development with many critics suggesting his days at the club are already numbered.

Injury problems

There is no doubt he has the talent, but whether his body can cope with playing 30 games a season is certainly in question.

In just two seasons at the Gunners he has already lost 265 days to injury, first with a serious back problem and then with a recurring hamstring injury.

His injury trouble was enough to convince Wenger to buy Danny Welbeck from Manchester United, who was almost definitely a replacement for another one of the manager's failed French projects.  

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