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

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 Total
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2013-2014 0 + 8 0 1 + 1 0 3 + 1 0 0 0 4 + 10 0
Total 0 + 8 0 1 + 1 0 3 + 1 0 0 0 4 + 10 0

My Year

  • 2013/14

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.