Mathieu Flamini has urged Arsenal supporters to be patient with Yaya Sanogo claiming his young compatriot needs regular game time to make his mark at the club.
The 21-year-old striker led the line for the Gunners for the second time this season at Leicester but again failed to break his goalscoring duck despite several good chances.
Frustrated by their side’s inability to find a winner in the 1-1 draw certain sections of the Gunners travelling support vented their annoyance in Sanogo’s direction when he was substituted in favour of Lukas Podolski with 13 minutes remaining.
“He’s a young player and will perform game after game. It’s important for him to play and he will become stronger and stronger,” Flamini told the Evening Standard at the King Power Stadium.
“Yaya is a young player with a lot of qualities and game after game he will get stronger and better. If he’s part of this team it’s because he’s full of quality.
“Is he affected mentally by having not scored yet? I don’t think so. He’s a young player, he needs to play. I don’t think it’s a problem.”
Unlike Flamini, Arsene Wenger is concerned by a drop in Sanogo’s self-belief as his protégé toils in front of goal. Supportive to the last he stressed his belief that the former-Auxerre player will overcome the issue.
“He fought very hard today, you can say he didn’t score yes and is it in his mind? Of course because he is a striker and he scored many goals as a young player.
“You have been 21 and you have certainly played football. If you play up front and you don’t score it’s very quickly a problem. I don’t think that problem will last very long and at the moment when you have a chance to play for Arsenal Football Club as a centre forward and you don’t score, it’s a problem for you.”
Given the lack of transfer action this afternoon it’s obvious Sanogo will definitely get more chances to prove his worth in the absence of Olivier Giroud. He’s rawer than steak tartare but it’s not his fault he’s been chucked in the deep end and told to lead the line at one of the biggest clubs in the world.
Arseblog News doesn’t think it’s going out on a limb by suggesting he’s more likely to react positively to a bit of support than abuse, so that’s the least we can offer him while he finds his feet…*
*Yaya, your feet are the two moving things in the bright Adidas boots, you’ll see them attached to your legs.