It’s been officially posted on Arsenal’s Official website that French Under-21 International, Yaya Sanogo will spend the rest of the current season on loan at Crystal Palace.
Sanogo is in his second season at the Emirates since making a free transfer from the French Second Division, scoring his first competitive goal for the club 79 seconds into the Champions League home game against Borussia Dortmund. When fit, Wenger has shown huge faith in him by giving him some consideration ahead of Costa Rican striker Joel Campbell but the consensus is that he is still more of a raw talent that would require much more regular football to hit full potential.
The competition for places in the Arsene Wenger‘s attacking end has already seen one player loaned out within the first week of this window but while the long-term future of that player looks uncertain to be at the Emirates beyond this season, Sanogo has been allowed to go out and brush up on his trade. Wenger had insisted on his preference for the loan destination to be within England, with an interest from Bordeaux reportedly rejected. Some other Premier League clubs like Hull City had been mentioned as being interested but Alan Pardew seems to have had particular interest in the former Auxerre star.
“He’s a young player with tremenduous promise, somebody that I have tracked personally and this club has too so that fitted well.” Pardew said, per the Mail.
“We can give him an opportunity, he needs to play more games and I think he’s ready for that and he proved that at Arsnal. It’s tough to get in their team but he’s closer to the starting action with us”
The youngster who was part of a French Under-20 team which included Paul Pogba, that won the European Championships in 2011, and voted sixth in Tuttosport’s Golden Boy award – won by Pogba – has been tipped for a great career under Wenger, although initial comparisons with Thierry Henry have all but vanished. He was rated as an archetypal Wenger signing when he arrived in the summer of 2013 but injuries and lack of regular action may have played their part in the slag of his anticipated development.
It can only be a good thing for him that he goes somewhere he could get regular games and what makes it even better is that he will not be moving too far away from the watch of the Arsenal staff. Wenger sees him as one of his personal projects and keeping him under proximal watch would always be key to deciding where he would eventually go.
As for Alan Pardew, it is another seal to a mended relationship with Arsene Wenger. Perhaps, another indirect step towards being Arsenal manager one day?
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