A full six weeks since Arsene Wenger confirmed serious talks with Yaya Sanogo, Arsenal have finally confirmed the capture of the 20-year-old striker from Auxerre.
The French under-20 international has signed a long-term contract and arrives on a free although a compensation payment will need to be paid to the French outfit in line with the Bosman ruling.
A classic Wenger rough diamond, Sanogo has played only a handful of games in Ligue 2 since making his debut on the eve of his 17th birthday and readily admits that he came close to retiring last year following a series of serious injuries including a broken leg and knee ligament damage.
Having finally got his man, the wait extended by Sanogo’s recent participation in the under-20 World Cup, Arsene Wenger sounded pleased with his first summer signing:
“Sanogo is a good young signing for us. He has shown that he has potential with his recent performances for Auxerre and also for the France Under-20 side. We are looking forward to Yaya joining us and continuing his promising development.”
Sanogo’s shirt number will be announced in due course, and he becomes the third player after Abou Diaby and Bacary Sagna to move from Auxerre to Arsenal.
Update – According to Sky Sports, Arsenal will pay €450,000 in compensation to Auxerre or three weeks of Higuain’s wages as we like to think… [insert winking / grimacing emoticon here]