Frank de Boer confirms Yaya Sanogo is heading to Ajax

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Ajax manager Frank de Boer could not contain his enthusiasm as he confirmed a loan deal for Arsenal's Yaya Sanogo is close to completion.

The 22-year-old is currently undergoing a medical with Ajax and is expected to join on a season-long loan.

Since joining in 2013, the France Under-21 international has scored just one competitive goal for the Gunners and was expected to depart on a permanent basis this summer after failing to impress whilst on loan with Crystal Palace.


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However, it seems that Wenger still holds hope of seeing Sanogo fulfil his talent at the Emirates and De Boer shares the French manager's enthusiasm for the lumbering hitman.

De Boer, who has lead Ajax to four Eredivisie titles in five years, described Sanogo as a 'top class' talent and promised to grant the striker significant game time.

"Wenger is also still fully behind the idea that he is a top class player. He just needs to make the next step now”

Top class talent

“He’s obviously had a lot of competition at Arsenal and was very young when he arrived there," De Boer is quoted in The Express as saying.

“He showed a lot when he was 17 at Auxerre, albeit in the second tier, but he’s also come to the fore with Wenger.

"He stands to be a great talent, it’s just difficult to get there at Arsenal. I think we can give him the opportunity to once again show that he has talent.

"Wenger is also still fully behind the idea that he is a top class player. He just needs to make the next step now.”

Arsenal prospects

With Olivier Giroud, Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott all vying for a place upfront, it is easy to see where Sanogo sits in Wenger's plans at this moment in time.

A loan deal seemed inevitable, but there is some surprise in Ajax's interest, considering the player's inconsistent form since joining from Auxerre.

But despite scoring just one competitive goal, many Arsenal fans will remember his four-goal haul against Benfica in last season's Emirates Cup, in what was seen as an exciting glimpse of how good Sanogo could be.

Sanogo excited

The player himself has also declared his excitement ahead of a move to the Amsterdam Arena, widely considered to be one of the best stadiums in Europe.

He told AT5: "The manager from Amsterdam called me last week and said, 'I want you to play for us, for Ajax.'

"I am very happy because I didn't think a big club like Ajax wanted me so I have to work hard to play.

"I hope to score a lot of goals."


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