Not so prolific Arsenal forward being shown the door

Date published: Monday 5th June 2017 2:11

Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo will be available on a free transfer this summer after revealing that he is leaving the club.

The Frenchman spent four years at The Emirates and only scored once in 20 first-team appearances, while he was also loaned out four times.

The 24-year-old won the FA Cup and Community Shield during his time with the Gunners but will be released once his contract expires in July.

“I’m free,” said Sanogo, speaking to L’Equipe. “The adventure ends.

“My left calf is healed. It kept me off the pitch for nearly 7 months. I came back in January, with a fitness trainer. I was able to play again for the Arsenal reserves. It was very hard when I was injured. You feel so mentally alone. There is virtually nobody at your side.

“And there is this frustration about not knowing what the source of my pain was.

“The injuries stunted my progress, there were moments where I was good. I remember the summer of 2014 when, during the Emirates Cup, I scored a quadruple against Benfica. And then there were some bad decisions, and I maybe did not always do what was necessary to impose myself.”

Asked whether Gunners boss Arsene Wenger should take any blame for his struggles at Arsenal, Sanogo responded: “Absolutely not. He [Wenger] is not responsible for my injuries. He is a great manager. He taught me a lot.”

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