Arsenal have been one of the biggest movers in the transfer market so far with a number of deals reportedly at an advanced stage.
But the club have finally confirmed their first deal of the summer capturing promising French striker Yaya Sanogo from Auxerre on a 4 year deal.
Sanogo has been the subject of much talk in France where the player almost quit the professional game entirely thanks to a serious leg injury.
Rather than pursuing a career in the postal industry, Sanogo has returned to the professional game with a vengeance and lit up the scoring charts in Ligue 2 over the past season.
The French U20 international has scored 9 goals in 13 games with obviously did enough to impress the club scouts watching the young player.
It underlines a remarkable ending to a difficult few years for the Frenchman who hasn’t played down the difficulties he found after suffering a double leg break back in 2010. In an interview with The Sun, the player said that “couldn’t run any more, the doctors didn’t know what my problem was and I felt disgusted. I told my mother that I was going to work for the Post Office. But one day I tried to run once more, it went well, and I recovered bit by bit.”
But now Sanogo gets the chance to play for one of the biggest clubs in Europe with Arsene Wenger being a keen fan of the young striker.
Despite Sanogo signing for The Gunners, it is a little difficult to see how he will feature directly into the Arsenal first time.
With the club hanging on to both Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski and also on the verge of signing Gonzalo Higuain from Real Madrid, it’s unlikely that the player will enter directly into the first team.
But with other strikers such as Nicklas Bendtner ready to leave the side and young forwards Wellington Silva and Joel Campbell still on loan in Spain, Sanogo will give Wenger additional options should the club get struck down with a similar injury crisis that left the club short on offensive players towards the end of last season.
Despite his promising form since he returned from injury, Sanogo’s reputation is still largely untested in a major league which could leave a few fans questioning what impact Sanogo will make.
Even still, Sanogo’s signing is showing Arsenal’s intnent to boost their strikeforce even further and will surely be the start of a very busy summer window at the Emirates Stadium.