Sanogo unconcerned by Arsenal competition

Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo has insisted that he is not worried by the competition for places in attack despite falling down the pecking order in recent weeks, reports the Daily Mail.

The Frenchman, signed from Auxerre in the summer of 2013, started the Premier League match at Leicester City on August 31, but Arsenal have since brought in Danny Welbeck from Manchester United to bolster their options up front, and the England man has been preferred to Sanogo in both games since the international break.

Olivier Grioud is injured until the New Year, but is ahead of Sanogo in the pecking order when fit, while Lukas Podolski, Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott are all capable of playing through the middle.

And Sanogo, who is yet to score a goal for Arsenal in a competitive match, believes that the competition for places at the Emirates Stadium will make him a better player. ‘My first year had some ups and downs. I was injured during the first six months, then I made some good progress,’ he said.

‘It took some time to settle in as I had just arrived at a new club so it was a bit difficult, but at the end we won the cup so I was happy about the season. It is true that when you get to a certain age you have to play all the time. I am 21 and competition in big clubs is unavoidable, so you have to work hard to try to be the best you can.’

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