Sunday, 2 June 2013

Wenger's intervention made me sign but now the hard work begins

Arsenal's imminent singing of France under-21 international Yaya Sanogo was secured by the personal intervention of manager Arsene Wenger.

Sanogo finished the Ligue 2 season with nine goals from 13 appearances in an injury hit campaign.

The 20-year-old will leave Auxerre and join Arsenal on a free transfer. The north Londoners will however have to pay compensation to the French club.

Sanogo told L'Equipe it was Wenger's personal intervention which made up his mind where his future lies.

He said:
"For me it's was Lille or Arsenal. But then I met Mr Wenger and it changed everything. 
"Wenger came to see me in Paris. He told me he'll give my chance to play next season. 
"I'm not ready yet to play in England. I'll have to work. But Arsenal is one of the eight best clubs in Europe.
"The boss, Mr Wenger, will decide if I have to go on loan. I don't mind, I only want to play."
Sanogo's transfer will be rubber stamped when the summer transfer market opens on July 1st.

Thanks to @LeFrenchGooner for the quotes.

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