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Transfer News: 23-year-old Arsenal attacker tipped for January move
According to a report in the Express, forgotten Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo is being lined-up for a January move to Ligue 1 side Saint-Etienne.
Sanogo joined Arsenal from Auxerre in 2013 but has struggled to establish himself at the Emirates having scored just one goal in his 20 appearances for the first team in all competitions.
The 23-year-old spent an unsuccessful period on loan at Ajax last season where he made just five appearances – scoring no goals – before the deal was cut-short in January.
Sanogo was then sent to Charlton for the second half of the 2015/16 campaign and while he fared slightly better at the Valley having scored a hat-trick against Reading, he still didn’t do enough to earn a permanent move.
The French under-21 international is now back at Arsenal but isn’t getting anywhere near the first team squad, despite our lack of striking options at present, and it seems he could be set for another move this winter.
That’s because the Express claim that Saint-Etienne are ready to take the striker back to Ligue 1 on loan in January as they look to try and solve their goal-scoring problems having netted just 11 goals all season.
I personally don’t think Sanogo is the answer to anyone’s goal-scoring problems but if the French outfit want to take him off our hands for 6 months, then so be it. Sanogo is clearly not up to Arsenal’s standard so the sooner he’s off our books on a permanent basis, the better for all concerned.
He needs to drop down a level, regain his confidence and start his career again, and hopefully he’ll be given that chance by Saint-Etienne this winter.