Sanogo has returned to Arsenal.

Yaya Sanogo returns to Arsenal for training - fans react brilliantly

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Manchester United have signed Zlatan Ibrahimovic and are closing in on a deal for Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Manchester City have purchased Nolito, Chelsea have secured the services of Michy Batshuayi while Arsenal have splashed out on…Takuma Asano.

It’s fair to say that Arsenal’s activity in this summer’s transfer window in terms of attacking talent doesn’t quite live up to some of their rivals - especially after they suffered the embarrassment of being rejected by Leicester striker Jamie Vardy.

But fear not, Gooners, Arsene Wenger knows he doesn’t have to sign a world-class striker in the coming months.


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No, it’s not Olivier Giroud who is tearing up Euro 2016 for France at the moment, but Yaya Sanogo, of course.

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The north London club returned to pre-season training today and the 23-year-old forward was seen back at the London Colney pitches following his three loan spells at Crystal Palace, Ajax and Charlton.


And it seemed as though some supporters were genuinely surprised to see the Frenchman back at their club as they took to Twitter to hilariously react to the images. Here are some of the best tweets:

Twitter reaction

Of course, it’s hardly surprising that Arsenal fans aren’t particularly exciting to see Sanogo return. After arriving in the summer of 2013, he has played 20 times in all competitions, scoring just once.

His loan spells haven’t been too successful either. One goal in 11 matches for Crystal Palace last season was followed up by zero strikes in his five matches for Ajax this campaign. He then went on loan to Charlton but couldn’t save them from relegation despite scoring a hat-trick - his only three goals for the club - just weeks after signing.

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So, while the likes of Ibrahimovic, Rooney and Martial are lining up for United, Sergio Aguero, Kelechi Iheanacho and Nolito in City’s squad, Arsenal are currently looking at a trio of Giroud, Asano and Sanogo.

Still on the search for a striker

But it's likely that Wenger may look to sign a world-class striker in the coming months. Arsenal have been heavily linked with Alvaro Morata and are reportedly willing to double his wages to £144,000-per-week to convince him to leave Real Madrid for the Emirates.

Meanwhile, The Sun claim that Wenger have already spoken to both Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette and Everton’s Romelu Lukaku as his search for a striker continues.

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