Sanogo makes comeback for U21s


Yaya Sanogo has made his comeback from injury with a 61 minute run-out for the U21s today at London Colney.

Terry Burton’s team took on Southampton at the training ground today, and the former Auxerre man got just over an hour of playing time under his belt before being replaced by Austin Lipman.

It was Sanogo’s first involvement since being sent on as a 60th minute substitute against Fenerbahce in the Champions League qualifier last August.

The young Frenchman picked up a back injury shortly after and has been sidelined since. Although he’s become the butt of jokes since his arrival, Arsene Wenger said of him at the time of his signing, “We have signed Sanogo. He has not made the headlines. Why?

“Because he is not £50m to £100m but I am quite confident he will make them soon on the pitch, and that for me is the most important.”

Obviously the manager sees something in him, and given the amount of football we have to play this season, the more fit bodies we have the better.

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  1. Wish you all the best, Yaya. Even before he kicked the ball, people were unfairly targeting him to vent their frustrations due to a lack of a marquee stricker signing. Time to shine, big man.

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    • I don’t think Yaya got any stick it was more a case of Wenger getting stick for not securing any “big name” signings.

      Sanogo will be a big hit next season.

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  2. “Because he is not £50m to £100m but I am quite confident he will make them soon on the pitch, and that for me is the most important.”

    The problem Sanogo will ALWAYS have, is not who he is, but who he isnt. The fans wanted world class, and we got untried. Judge him on what he plays like. A couple of small games, should not form any opinion…

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    • why will he ALWAYS have this problem ??? now he is just another player in the squad,trying to get into the first team. Kolo Toure was singed for next to nothing and he was judged by what he did on the pitch, as were many of our free or nearly free signings.

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      • Add Flamini x2 to that list.

        In fact Flamini might be one of the only good players to never have transferred for a fee.

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      • S are you trying to say that Sanogo will be given a fair crack? Look at all the stick he gets. Barley mentioned by fans, and of so, with dread. I think he will come good, and won’t judge him, but to say that he is not crapped on, and it’s because of his ability only, is naive. How many comments have you read, conversation you been a part of where the whole, we wanted Suarez/Higuain but got Sanogo theme?

        Everybody was also excited about Flamini. We were in for Gustavo, but plumped for the cheap option, and, until he clattered that Spuds player, a majority of fans were down on him, again not because it was Flamini, but because of the Fee and who he wasn’t.

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        • I think Welshman is saying that those people who were angry at Sanogo (free, injured, French, inexperienced, blah blah blah), were angry about who he isn’t, rather than giving him a fair chance. I’m pretty sure Welshman said you can only judge Sanogo after he’s had a decent run. I think people mis-interpreted his comment.

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    • What else can you say? None of us know how to run a football club, nor how to judge promising players. Thank you, James. Enough said.

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  3. Extra player in a position that we are short in, that can only be a positive, everyone deserves their chance, good luck Yaya!!

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  4. He has talent. That YouTube video makes him look awesome….but then again, I remember saying that when we signed chamak and I watched him on youtube

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    • To be fair, until van persie exploded, chamakh was playing very well for us. I think Wenger has said the same thing quite a few times that chamakh was a very good player ruined by a world class player.

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  5. Why did Wenger sign another unproven player for so cheap? So frustrating.

    Didn’t he learn from Toure, Anelka, RVP, Cesc etc? God. Idiot!

    Sarcasm aside, he doesn’t deserve abuse, he was pretty much free. If he works out, Wenger’s a genius once again, if it doesn’t who cares, we lose nothing.

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  6. Am I the only one who thinks we should be buying Ross Barkley? Could get him for 12-15m and he could be worth 25-30m in a year or two. Easy money.

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    • It’s the first thing that came to mind when I saw his picture in this article. Brilliant video.

      “He lacked a little bit confidence”

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  7. Sports is a talent acquisition business. It doesn’t matter where you get the talent from. As long as they can do what you ask of them at a high level. Sometimes they come ready-made. Other times you have develop them into world class players. Give Sonogo a chance to prove himself

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  8. We tried to get Yaya but he was Sanogo…

    He came free, good youth record, and not thrust into action to save our season (yet). He’ll have time and opportunity to come good. If not, meh. We’ll get someone else in the summer.

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