Yaya Sanogo
Yaya Sanogo

Yaya Sanogo

France Under-21s forward Yaya increased his first-team experience away from north London last term.

The rangy striker spent the first half of the campaign with Ajax in the Netherlands. He made four appearances for the Dutch side before returning to Arsenal at the start of 2016.

Yaya Sanogo Profile

Born January 27, 1993
Massy, France
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 22
Previous Club(s) Auxerre, Crystal Palace (loan)

Yaya was loaned out again soon after, joining Championship side Charlton Athletic until the end of the season, and scored a hat-trick on his first start for the Addicks, a 4-3 home defeat to Reading. He played eight times in total for Charlton but was unable to prevent them from relegation to League One.

Yaya had spent the second half of the 2014/15 season in south London too - this time at Crystal Palace. He scored in just his second match for the Eagles, a 3-2 FA Cup success at Southampton, and featured on 11 occasions during his time at Selhurst Park, helping Palace to a top-half finish.

A powerful forward, Yaya scored his first competitive Arsenal goal against Borussia Dortmund on November 26, 2014, sliding home from close range after combining with Santi Cazorla.

He joined the club from French side Auxerre in the summer of 2013 and made his debut away at Fulham soon after. Yaya has represented France at all levels from under-16 to under-21 and helped his country to win the Under-20 World Cup in 2013.

Yaya Sanogo's Arsenal Career

  Prem Lge Europe FA Cup Lge Cup C. Shield Total
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2013-2014 0 + 8 0 1 + 1 0 3 + 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 + 10 0
2014-2015 2 + 1 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 5 + 1 1
Total 2 + 9 0 3 + 1 1 3 + 1 0 0 0 1 0 9 + 11 1

My Year

  • 2016/17
  • 2014/15
  • 2013/14

August

Yaya did not play in August.

August

After hitting four goals in the Emirates Cup win against Benfica at the beginning of the month, Yaya started in the Community Shield against Manchester City and was involved in Arsenal's first two goals, for Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey. The young Frenchman started ahead of Olivier Giroud in the opening Premier League game against Crystal Palace and lead the line against Leicester City.

September

Yaya did not feature in September for the Gunners due to a hamstring injury. He did, however, score three goals in two games for France Under-21s to help them to the top of their group in the Uefa Under-21 Championship.

October

Yaya Sanogo missed the whole month with a hamstring injury.

November

Yaya scored his first goal for Arsenal when he found the net against Borussia Dortmund with less than two minutes on the clock. The striker featured as a 90th-minute substitute in the 2-1 defeat at Swansea but missed the remainder of the month through injury. After the Dortmund game, Arsene Wenger said: “He's a young boy but he he has presence, character and he's naturally committed. He has a natural, aggressive attitude up front that is vital and very important.”

December

Yaya played the full 90 minutes of Arsenal’s 4-1 win at Galatasaray, claiming an assist in the process.

August

New signing Yaya Sanogo made his debut in the 3-1 win away to Fulham when he replaced Lukas Podolski with 10 minutes remaining. The forward came on for half an hour in the 2-0 win against Fenerbache at Emirates Stadium.

September

A back injury picked up on international duty kept Yaya out of action during September.

October

A back injury kept Yaya out of action for the whole of October.

November

A back injury kept Yaya out of action for the whole of November.

December

A back injury kept Yaya out of action for the whole of December.

January

A back injury kept Yaya out of action in January.

February

Yaya made his first start for Arsenal in the FA Cup game against Liverpool, and the young forward used his pace and power to trouble the Liverpool defenders. His performance earned him a start in the following game against Bayern Munich. "I didn’t know I was going to start against Liverpool until the boss announced the team before the game," he told the official matchday programme. "It was my first start in a competitive game since I joined and I was delighted. "I felt really good physically and gave everything I had. Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger are very tough to play against, really big and strong, so it was a good test for me."

March

Yaya continued to gain first-team experience in March with one start and three appearances from the substitutes' bench. However, the young forward was unable to open his Arsenal account and was left to rue missing a gilt-edged chance in the defeat at Stoke City.

April

Yaya featured four times for the first team in April. The French forward had a goal ruled offside against Everton before playing 120 minutes in the FA Cup semi-final against Wigan. Olivier Giroud's impressive form restricted Yaya to just two more brief appearances from the bench in April.

May

Yaya made two appearances from the substitutes bench in May and made a positive impact when he replaced Lukas Podolski in the second half of the FA Cup final.