For one reason or another some strikers never live up to expectations. Perhaps they’re burdened by a ridiculous transfer price or follow in the hallowed footsteps of a legend, possibly they’re signed by accident following a prank phonecall or maybe, as is often the case, they’re just a bit pants.
So how do you keep the hopes and dreams of transfer starved supporters in check?
You do as Yaya Sanogo keeps doing and repeatedly tell everyone your knees are shot. Clever lad. Set expectations so low that you can’t fail to exceed them…we see what you’re doing you cheeky scamp.
Speaking to France Football (translation by Sky Sports) about his yet to be officially confirmed move to the Emirates, the 20-year-old Auxerre attacker reflected on an 18-month spell on the sidelines confirming he’d given serious consideration to quitting football prior to Arsenal’s interest.
“I wanted to stop [playing]. I told myself it was useless to go on and to imperil my health.
“I could not run any longer. I had too much pain, the doctors didn’t know what to do. But, one day I went for a jog and step by step I made my way back.”
As we all know, Arsene Wenger isn’t one to be put off a footballer easily. Got a clubfoot? He’ll sort you a special boot deal. Scurvy? He’ll plant an orange grove at London Colney. Rickets? He’ll get you a wet nurse. Bad hair? He’ll just say he hasn’t seen it. Military service? He’ll send Dick ‘5 languages’ Law wherever is necessary.
Anyway, we digress.
What’s clear is that Wenger was obviously keen on Sanogo despite his injury record and went so far as to make the player a surprise visit in a Paris hotel room. We’re not sure why it had to be a surprise, or in a hotel room, but the boss has his ways…
“Gilles Grimandi [Arsenal scout] came to see me from time to time at Auxerre too,” continued Sanogo.
“One day he called me for a meeting in a Paris hotel and Arsene Wenger was there. I was very impressed.
“Wenger told me I would get opportunities and reassured me about my injury. He told me he had followed me for years. That meeting was very important and today I am an Arsenal player.
“I am 20, I had not played for a year and a half, I had scored some goals and Arsenal had contacted me. Could I really say no? I don’t believe so. It will be a magnificent adventure.”
Best of luck to him, it’ll be curious to see how his Arsenal career pans out. It would be a decent start if the club actually announced the deal.