Yaya Sanogo
Yaya Sanogo

Yaya Sanogo

Powerful centre forward Yaya will spend this season on loan with Dutch giants Ajax, linking up with Arsenal legends Dennis Bergkamp and Marc Overmars – now the Dutch side’s assistant manager and director of football respectively.

After starting the 2014/15 season with a clinical Emirates Cup display against Benfica, in which he scored four of Arsenal’s five goals, Yaya was named in the starting line-up for the 3-0 Community Shield victory over Manchester City and set up Aaron Ramsey to score.

Yaya Sanogo Profile

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

The hard-working France youth international then claimed his first Gunners goal in the Champions League win at home to Borussia Dortmund.

He later joined Crystal Palace on loan for the second half of the season, and made 11 appearances during his time at Selhurst Park.

Yaya won the FIFA Under-20 World Cup with France in 2013, and starred in the FA Cup final win over Hull City at the end of his debut season in England.

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

  • 2014/15
  • 2013/14


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.


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.


Yaya Sanogo missed the whole month with a hamstring injury.


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.”


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


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.


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


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


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


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


A back injury kept Yaya out of action in January.


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."


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.


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.


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.