I could have been the next Thierry Henry at Arsenal – Yaya Sanogo


The past ten years for Arsenal have been a rollercoaster ride. Once regulars in the Premier League title race, challenging the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea, they now find themselves firmly settled in mid-table obscurity.

Gone are the days of midfield maestros like Alexis Sanchez and Santi Cazorla, replaced by the likes of Joel Campbell and even a stint from current manager Mikel Arteta himself. The shift in personnel reflects the club’s changing fortunes.

But this journey hasn’t just been about established stars. It’s also a story of curious characters who emerged and then seemingly vanished. Players like Joel Campbell, who briefly donned the famous red and white jersey, are a reminder of that period.

And then there’s Yaya Sanogo, a name that might have completely slipped your mind. Remember the tall, powerful striker Arsenal signed with such promise? He’s another figure lost in the whirlwind of the Gunners’ decade-long transformation.

This period has forced Arsenal to rebuild, and under Mikel Arteta, there are signs of a return to their former glory. It’s been a journey that’s come full circle, with a new generation looking to recapture the magic of bygone eras.

Yaya Sanogo: A Promising Arrival That Fizzled Out

Arsene Wenger hailed Yaya Sanogo as a “good young signing” after bringing the French striker to Arsenal in 2013. Sanogo’s impressive performances for Auxerre and France’s U-20 team fueled Wenger’s optimism, who envisioned a “big future” for the young player.

Sanogo’s early days at Arsenal showed glimpses of that potential. He even received a Golden Ball nomination in 2013 and scored in just his second Champions League appearance for the club. However, his career trajectory took a sharp turn downward.

Injuries plagued Sanogo’s time at Arsenal, limiting him to just 20 appearances and a single goal. He never quite lived up to the comparisons made to fellow Frenchmen Olivier Giroud and Thierry Henry.

Since leaving Arsenal, Sanogo has embarked on a journey across various clubs. His latest move finds him in China’s second division, signing with Qingdao Red Lions after a brief stint with Armenia’s Urartu.

Sanogo’s six goals in 17 games for Urartu represent his third-best club tally, following spells at Toulouse, Crystal Palace (loan), Ajax, and Huddersfield. With a Red Lions scarf around his neck, Sanogo embarks on the next chapter of his unconventional career path.

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