Reports in the media have suggested that Arsene Wenger is ready and willing to send Yaya Sanogo out on loanin order to increase his experience and prepare him to make a real impact in the Gunners first team.
Having seen the likes of Chelsea take a similar approach (with mixed results), will sending Sanogo out on loan pay off for Wenger?
Sanogo arrived at the Emirates from Auxerre in July 2013. At the time he was fresh off the same youth production line that had previously brought the likes of Abou Diaby and Bacary Sagna through. Having signed for Arsenal as a free agent after scoring 11 goals in his 24 appearances for Auxerre, Sanogo was fast tracked into the first team, making his debut early in the 2013-14 season against Fulham. Since then the 21-year-old’s progress has slowed and, having missed six months with a back injury, he has now found himself down the pecking order at Arsenal.
Olivier Giroud’s broken leg, sustained in the Gunners’ 2-2 draw with Everton in August, should have given Sanogo the ideal opportunity to stake his claim for a regular first-team berth. But, after taking a look at the young Frenchman, Wenger decided that he still wasn’t ready for the responsibility and opted to bring Danny Welbeck in. Sanogo has thus far scored just once in 19 first-team appearances for Arsenal. Can he do any better? One way to find out would be to follow Sanogo’s progress and keep up with other transfer and betting news at blue square.
Nothing to Lose
Arsenal have little to lose by sending Sanogo out on loan, particularly if he is sent out to a side in the bottom half of the Premier League. Sanogo will either prove that he has what it takes to score goals, link up play and hold the ball up at the top level, or he will show that he isn’t going to make the grade. Continuing to restrict Sanogo’s opportunities is only going to halt his development and frustrate him. If he is going to make the grade then he needs to be given the opportunity to do so. Sanogo has shown brief glimpses of promise during his time at Arsenal. Hopefully a loan move will give him the experience and confidence that he needs to take his career to the next level.