Arsenal’s forgotten man Yaya Sonogo has been linked with a return to France in the latest media reports. Italian website Calciomercato has claimed that Ligue 1 club St Etienne are interested in signing the 23-year-old during the January transfer window on a loan move.
Sanogo, who joined us from another French club AJ Auxerre in a free move in 2013, has only one year left on his deal and, this season, he has failed even to make the bench for us. Football transfer news betting odds show Sanogo is one of the two Arsenal players who are likely to leave the club this summer. The second being Mertesacker.
When he arrived at the club, he was hailed by our manager Arsene Wenger as one for the future, but he has failed to make an impression during his time with us.
His solitary strike for us came in the Champions League group game against Borussia Dortmund during the 2014-15 season. The lanky striker also made a memorable substitute appearance during our 2013-14 Fa Cup final triumph against Hull City.
However, he never managed to build upon those performances and was subsequently loaned out to Crystal Palace during the second half of 2014-15 season. His time with the Eagles was forgettable one as he failed to find the net in ten league appearances.
He joined Ajax at the start of the next season on a season-long loan move, but he managed only three league appearances for the Dutch giants and returned to North London halfway through his loan spell. He then joined Championship side Charlton Athletic during the season half of last season.
During the summer, he was expected to depart on another loan move, but he ended up staying up with us.
Keeping in mind that we signed Lucas Perez during summer, I am inclined to believe that only an injury of some sort forced him to stay with us. The Frenchman has had his share of injury problems throughout his stay with us.
Since it’s his last year with us, I don’t suppose we will manage to sell him off during the January transfer window. He is likely to depart on another loan move during January and then make his move permanent in the summer.
It’s quite clear that Sanogo’s time with us is over and it will be better for him if he manages to join a team where he is guaranteed regular playing time. He has become a sort of laughing stock among Arsenal fans, and I think a change of scenery will do him a lot of good.
I don’t see the point in criticising the players for not being good enough. They are just not good enough without any fault of theirs. So I am not going to criticise or make fun of him and would rather remember him for his role in our FA Cup win over Hull City. It was one of the happiest days of my life, and he was a part of it.