Yaya Sanogo
Yaya Sanogo

Yaya Sanogo

Yaya made steady progress in his first season with Arsenal. The forward made his debut as a late substitute in the win over Fulham in August before sustaining a back injury which kept him out of action for six months.

The young Frenchman was then handed his first start in the FA Cup fifth round-tie against Liverpool, when his physical presence played a part in Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's opener. Yaya retained his place in the team for the Champions League clash with Bayern Munich three days later and again made an impact with his energy and hold-up play. He went on to make 14 appearances.

Yaya Sanogo Profile

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

The tall forward joined Arsenal from Auxerre in July 2013, having come through the same youth ranks as Abou Diaby and Bacary Sagna.

Yaya has represented his country from under-16 to under-21 level, and was a key member of France’s victorious FIFA Under-20 World Cup-winning side. He was the side’s top scorer during the tournament, scoring four goals and impressing with his all-round play. 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 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 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.