Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo is set to join Dutch giants Ajax on loan for the 2015-16 campaign.
This is according to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, who understand that the 22-year-old forward will undergo a medical with Ajax on Thursday.
Confirmation of the deal will then arrive either on the same day or by Friday at the latest.
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Sébastien Haller, a 21-year-old Utrecht striker who played alongside Sanogo for both Auxerre and the France Under-21 side, is quoted in the same report as saying: "Yaya Sanogo is an asset for Ajax.
"Yaya is a complete striker. He can dribble, has a good shot and can score goals. That's why I think he fits in well with Ajax and in the league. He has what is needed in this competition.”
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Sanogo has struggled in England
Sanogo has failed to make the impact at Arsenal that he would have hoped for after arriving at the Emirates Stadium from Auxerre in 2013.
The 6ft 4in striker still looks raw when he plays, as seen during last season’s loan spell with Crystal Palace, and hasn’t managed to score a single Premier League goal in 26 appearances.
Arsene Wenger’s decision to sign Danny Welbeck from Manchester United last summer came as a huge blow to Sanogo, who must have felt he had a chance of competing with Olivier Giroud before the England international’s arrival.
But Sanogo showed little to suggest he’s anywhere close to being ready to line the line for the Gunners - and this loan spell to Ajax could be the final throw of the dice for his Arsenal career.
Good opportunity for Sanogo
Ajax failed to win the Eredivisie title for the first time since 2010 last season - PSV finished above them - and Sanogo will be expected to contribute his share of goals when called upon.
The former France Under-21 international will provide competition for the likes of Viktor Fischer and Arkadiusz Milik following the departure of Kolbeinn Sigthorsson.
Sanogo's Arsenal career over already?
Even if Sanogo scores a hatful of goals in Holland, though, there are no guarantees that he has a future at Arsenal.
If any striker replaces Giroud over the next couple of years, it’s likely to be a proven world-class goalscorer. Wenger has the likes of Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema and Paris Saint-Germain’s Edinson Cavani in his sights.
Furthermore, Theo Walcott is also ahead of Sanogo in the pecking order for that centre-forward position at Arsenal, even though his natural position is on the wing.
Arsenal fans: does Yaya Sanogo have a future at Arsenal? Should Arsene Wenger try to sell him in 2016? Have your say in the comments below!
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