English Premiership

Sanogo ends frustrating four-year Arsenal stay

Yaya Sanogo.(Getty Images)
Yaya Sanogo.(Getty Images)

Cape Town - Yaya Sanogo has confirmed he will leave Arsenal in the coming weeks to end a frustrating four-year stay with the Premier League club.

The 24-year-old striker was signed by the Gunners in 2013 after impressing for Auxerre back in his homeland, but he struggled to reproduce that form for Arsene Wenger's side.

Injuries hampered Sanogo's progress as he managed just 20 appearances across all competitions for the north London giants, while loan spells with Crystal Palace, Ajax and Charlton proved largely unsuccessful.

The former France youth international lamented the problems that prevented him from repaying the faith Wenger showed in bringing him to the Emirates Stadium, most recently a calf injury keeping him on the sidelines for the better part of last season.

"The adventure ends," Sanogo told L'Equipe of his contractual agreement with the Gunners, which comes to an end when the transfer window reopens.

"I maybe did not always do what was necessary to impose myself. But Wenger is a great manager and he taught me a lot.

"There is this frustration about not knowing what the source of my pain was. I came back in January, with a fitness trainer, and I was able to play again for Arsenal's reserves.

"It was very hard when I was injured. You feel so mentally alone. There were moments where I was good. I remember the summer of 2014 when, during the Emirates Cup, I scored a quadruple against Benfica."