After four years at the club, Yaya Sanogo will leave Arsenal after his contract expires on July 1. He played 20 times for the Gunners and scored only one goal.
Farewell, Yaya Sanogo
Arsene Wenger brought Sanogo to the club from Ligue 2 team Auxerre after his contract expired there. At the time the striker was 20, with plenty of potential.
Sanogo’s time at Arsenal was marred by injuries, however, and interrupted by three different loans. First to Crystal Palace, then to Ajax, and finally to Charlton Athletic in 2016.
The player has not yet confirmed where he will ply his trade next season.
The striker was an U-20 World Cup winner with France in 2013, however never quite lived up to his hype.
Yaya Sanogo is the first Arsenal player to leave the club this summer, but will he be the last? Even though the transfer window doesn’t officially open until July 1, there are already plenty of rumors flying around.
Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Özil, Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Wojciech Szczesny and Santi Cazorla are all entering the last year of their contracts.
How many can be persuaded to sign new deals and how many will be sold? Arsenal are not in the habit of letting player’s contracts expire, and instead cash in on them.
Robin Van Persie was the prime example; even though Wenger insisted the club would make the Dutchman honor his contract, Arsenal sold him to Manchester United.
Hopefully, the same fate does not await the Gunners this year.
Update: Sanogo Joins Toulouse
Yaya Sanogo, after almost a week without a contract, has officially signed for Ligue 1 outfit Toulouse. Details have not been forthcoming, however, speculation holds his contract is for three years.
While it is sad to see a Gunner career fall short of expectation, the move is likely a welcome one for the player. The French league is not quite as demanding of a player and, at age 24, Sanogo still has time to make good on his potential.
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