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Can Arsenal FC striker Yaya Sanogo be a hit with Crystal Palace?

"Yaya is a player who needs first team games. His chances are at Arsenal are limited with competition in front of him"


Sanogo broke his duck for the Eagles at St Mary’s and should get plenty of game time

Arsene Wenger clearly knows a thing or two about up-and-coming players, with the Frenchman deciding to sign Yaya Sanogo from Auxerre in the summer of 2013, although the 22-year-old has had limited chances since then to prove himself for the Gunners.

Wenger seemed intent on giving Sanogo a chance in the early stages of the current season, with the Frenchman starting the Community Shield victory against Manchester City, while he started against Crystal Palace and Leicester in August before falling out of favour.

Aside from scoring against Borussia Dortmund, the forward has done very little in an Arsenal shirt although Alan Pardew has taken a punt on him at Palace and reaped immediate dividends as Sanogo scored during the team’s 3-2 FA Cup win at Southampton.

With Danny Welbeck and Olivier Giroud at Arsenal being flanked by the likes of Theo Walcott, Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, it won’t be easy for Sanogo to resume his career at the Emirates although Palace fans were certainly craving more firepower before Pardew arrived.

Fraizer Campbell is never going to be the answer for a Premier League team and former Gunner Marouane Chamakh has not been too prolific since making the same switch from the Emirates to Selhurst.

However, Alan Pardew has been delighted by Sanogo’s contribution to the cause so far, saying: “Sanogo has a fantastic CV. He’s a French full and Under-21 international.

“Now he now needs to grow in stature and confidence in terms of plaing in the Premier League.

“I had Alex Song at Charlton when he was a youngster and we did the same for him. Like all young players he needs confidence.

“Yaya is a player who needs first team games. His chances are at Arsenal are limited with competition in front of him. He comes here with a much more even chance of playing.

“I spoke with Arsene Wenger and he has a high regard for him. Coming here is a platform for him – no more. He’s here to prove whether he can become a first team player for Arsenal. He has to show that here.

“But he asked for the No9 shirt so that’s a positive. Had he asked for no39 I might have been worried!

“We’ll have to see how he beds in, but it bodes well for the future. Will he score goals? You don’t have to score goals to be a good Premier League striker. I think he offers the chaos factor.”