Auxerre striker Yaya Sanogo is expected to join Arsenal in the coming days and is ‘impressed’ with the way Arsenal have attempted to sign him, according to ESPN.
It is said that a meeting with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger persuaded him to join, and become the latest in Wenger’s succession of French signings since taking over in 1996. Sanogo said afterwards: “[Arsenal scout] Gilles Grimandi came to see me from time to time at Auxerre too. One day he called me for a meeting in a Paris hotel and Arsene Wenger was there. I was very impressed.”
Despite Sanogo previously having injury problems with his leg, he says that Wenger has reassured him that he would be involved in the Arsenal first team, where he will add to the forward competition rather than loan him back to Auxerre.
Sanogo, at 6ft 3in, rivalling 6ft 4in Olivier Giroud would also add more height to the Gunners’ frontline and provide Wenger with an extra striking option, with Theo Walcott, Gervinho and Lukas Podolski also vying for a place in the team at the Emirates Stadium.
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