Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo has spoken of his excitement after agreeing to join Crystal Palace on loan until the end of the season.
The French forward agreed to a move on Tuesday after struggling to break into the Arsenal first team, making just three league appearances this season.
Former Palace manager Neil Warnock spoke of his need to find a goal scorer for his club before his departure and Alan Pardew has acted swiftly to bring Sanogo in. However, the Arsenal forward is perhaps not the striker Palace fans were dreaming of this January.
Since arriving from Auxerre in 2013, he is yet to score a Premier League goal for his parent club in 11 appearances. Therefore, Sanogo has something of a point to prove that he can play in the top tier of English football to Arsene Wenger.
Sanogo did score 11 times in 24 appearances for Auxerre, so has shown he can score goals in other leagues. He has also won eight caps for the French under 21 side, scoring five times.
“When the Arsenal manager spoke with me about Crystal Palace I was very happy because I want to play more games. I think Palace are a good team…I hope I can help the club have a successful second half of the season,” the 21-year-old told the club’s official website.
In many ways the move mirrors Crystal Palace’s signing of Manchester United misfit Wilfried Zaha. Having been brought to a club with high expectations Zaha, in a similar manner to Sanogo, has failed to live up to his potential.
Therefore, the move for Sanogo represents a make or break moment for his Arsenal career, with the club likely to spend big on a proven goal scorer if Sanogo fails to make the grade.
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