It’s well known that Arsenal are prepared to let Yaya Sanogo go on loan in January until the end of the season, but despite interest from Ligue 1 clubs like Bordeaux and Lorient, Arsene Wenger would prefer to the player to stay in England.
The Arsenal manager obviously sees a lot in the young Frenchman, but with competition for places up front blocking his developmental path, he’s decided to let him go elsewhere temporarily so he can play more.
With just one goal in English football since his arrival at the club, Wenger wants the former Auxerre striker to get more games in the Premier League.
Speaking yesterday about a potential departure, he said, “Yaya is here at the moment. He needs more experience at the top level in the Premier League. He’s ready to play but we have so many options up front that it’s difficult to play.”
And asked specifically about Bordeaux, he replied, “Personally, I said that many times I prefer the Premier League. That’s still the case.”
He’s not the only forward departure this month as Lukas Podolski has joined Inter Milan. Although it hasn’t been officially announced, it’s just a matter of completing some paperwork and Wenger said the two situations couldn’t be compared.
“He is different from Podolski, Podolski was frustrated, he’s going to Inter Milan. Sanogo is searching for experience.”