Yaya Sanogo
Yaya Sanogo

Yaya Sanogo

Yaya Sanogo Profile

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

French striker Yaya Sanogo joined Arsenal from Auxerre in July 2013 – having come through the same youth ranks as Abou Diaby and Bacary Sagna.

The tall, powerful forward has made a substantial impact in his short career, scoring 11 goals in France’s Ligue 2 – including seven in two games in February 2013.

Quick on the ground and a resourceful finisher, his talent caught the eye of Arsenal, as well as other top clubs around Europe.

Yaya has represented his country from under-16 to under-21 levels, and was a key member of France’s victorious FIFA Under-20 World Cup-winning side just weeks after arriving at Arsenal. He was the side’s top scorer during the tournament, scoring four goals and impressing with his all-round play. He also showed calmness from the penalty spot, scoring a vital goal in a 1-1 draw against the United States that ensured France qualified from their group. Previously he had starred in the 2010 UEFA Under-17 Championship, scoring two goals in four minutes against Switzerland as France reached the semi-finals.

Before joining Auxerre, Yaya represented Parisien side Les Ulis – where none other than Thierry Henry began his career. Yaya bounced back from long-term injury to become an important member of Auxerre’s side last season.

He made his Arsenal debut in the Emirates Cup match against Galatasaray on August 4, 2013, coming close to breaking the deadlock early on, and will be looking to press his claim for a regular first-team spot as the season progresses.

Yaya Sanogo's Arsenal Career

  Prem Lge Europe FA Cup Lge Cup Total
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2013-2014 0 + 6 0 1 + 1 0 3 0 0 0 4 + 7 0
Total 0 + 6 0 1 + 1 0 3 0 0 0 4 + 7 0

My Year

  • 2013/14


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.