Yaya Sanogo has joined Crystal Palace on loan until the end of the season.
Despite keen interest from Bordeaux, Arsene Wenger insisted the young Frenchman continue his development in the Premier League to ensure he grew further accustomed to English football.
He’s a player the Arsenal manager has a great deal of faith in despite just one goal in his Arsenal career thus far, and new Palace boss Alan Pardew feels the former Auxerre player can make an impact as he attempts to steer the South Londoners out of the relegation zone.
Speaking about the move to south London, Sanogo told Palace’s official website: “When the Arsenal manager spoke with me about Crystal Palace I was very happy because I want to play more games.
“I think Palace are a good team, I watched the game against Tottenham and it was a great performance from the guys. I hope I can help the club have a successful second half of the season.”
Alan Pardew added: “He’s a young player with tremendous promise, somebody that I have tracked personally and this club has too so that fitted well.
“We have given him an opportunity, he needs to play more games and I think he’s ready for that and he proved that at Arsenal. It’s tough to get in their team but he’s closer to the starting action with us.”
Sanogo’s solitary strike came against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League and he’s been handed key starts in important games for Arsenal since his arrival in the summer of 2013.
Injury curtailed the first 6 months of his time at the Emirates but he started in the FA Cup against Everton and Liverpool, and in the semi-final against Wigan. In the final, with Arsenal trailing, he was sent on for the more experienced Lukas Podolski and his charging around seemed to unsettle Hull.
The striker will join up with Pardew’s squad this week and is available for their game this weekend against Burnley.
Good luck to him.
(Picture courtesy of www.cpfc.co.uk)