Arsenal Close in on Auxerre Youngster Yaya Sanogo

Christopher Almeras@@redriverhockeyCorrespondent IIMarch 8, 2013

Sanogo will be an economical addition for the future. Picture courtesy of
Sanogo will be an economical addition for the future. Picture courtesy of

Yaya Sanogo has been in the news for the right reasons lately as his return to form has caught the eyes of many across Europe. One of those who has apparently taken notice is Arsene Wenger.

As I wrote previously about Sanogo (here), he is one of France's premier young talents. The 20-year-old had been on a fast track to success until his progress was stopped by injuries. Finally healthy for the first time in a few seasons, Sanogo has been making up for lost time with several impressive displays.

Prior to his injuries, Sanogo had an incredibly impressive goalscoring ratio for the French youth sides. He showed flashes of this ability when given the opportunity for Auxerre, but now it seems to be coming together.

The Metro is reporting that Wenger has gone to Paris to meet with Sanogo's representatives about a potential move.

While Arsenal fans are tired of hearing about the potential capture of an unproven youngster with potential, this one is worth taking note of. His ceiling is very similar to M'Baye Niang, who Arsenal missed out on last summer.

Sanogo is 6'3'' and blessed with very good speed. His touch with the ball at his feet is tremendous for a player of his height. His blend of skills and physical abilities makes him one of the most intriguing young players in the game.

Bringing in Sanogo would be an excellent move for Arsenal. With his contract running out in June, he can be had on the free, but Sanogo will probably not make the kind of immediate impact that will turn the clubs fortunes around. He can come in and contribute providing depth, and playing in cup ties.

Where Sanogo's impact will most likely be felt is 2 -3 years down the road when he matures more as a player. With Wenger's mentoring and Sanogo's talent, he can become the type of threat Arsenal needs leading their front line. Until that time, Wenger can make the fans happy by bringing in a matured star to lead the attacking ranks with the reported "open checkbook" he has this summer.

Fans need to view Sanogo for what he really is, a player with the talent to be a longtime contributor when he develops. Gunner supporters have seen many of these types come into their ranks over the years, but for the cost, he is a talent worth taking a risk on.