Yaya Sanogo has confirmed that he’ll be released by Arsenal when his contract ends on 30 June.
The France under-21 international has endured a terrible run of injuries since signing for the club on a free from Auxerre in 2013.
Despite being listed as a member of Arsene Wenger’s first team, Sanogo hasn’t actually made an appearance for the Gunners since starting the 4-1 Champions League win over Galatasaray December 2014.
He’s since undertaken loan spells with Crystal Palace, Ajax and Charlton but this season was stuck on the treatment table at London Colney.
Back in December Arsene Wenger was prompted to talk about the player’s injury status somewhat oddly remarking: “He had a real medical problem, you know, that I cannot explain to you here because it’s a confidential problem.”
“Not a secret problem, but it’s medical. I cannot speak about that medically but it’s no life threatening problem.
“He had a long-term injury and I am not specialised enough to explain to you what it is in his calf, but we had to rest him completely.”
A return to fitness in recent weeks saw the player score a hat-trick for the under-23s against Reading but it was never going to be enough to persuade Arsenal to offer him a new deal.
Speaking to L’Equipe [translated by Get French Football News] he confirmed his departure, reflected on his injuries and the relief of making a comeback.
“My left calf is healed. It kept me off the pitch for nearly 7 months. I came back in January, with a fitness trainer. I was able to play again for the Arsenal reserves.
“Three games with four goals. It is not a lot, but it was a real source of relief for me. It was very hard when I was injured. You feel so mentally alone. There is virtually nobody at your side. And there is this frustration about not knowing what the source of my pain was.
“The injuries stunted my progress, there were moments where I was good. I remember the summer of 2014 when, during the Emirates Cup, I scored a quadruple against Benfica. And then there were some bad decisions, and I maybe did not always do what was necessary to impose myself.”
No doubt he’ll have suitors across Europe. At 24-years-old he’s still young and if he can stay fit he’s a physical handful. Remember, this is a guy who scored against Borussia Dortmund not too long ago and whose chaotic presence helped the Gunners to FA Cup glory in 2014.
Arseblog News wishes him all the best.