Yaya Sanogo has joined Dutch club Ajax Amsterdam on a season-long loan deal from Arsenal, according to the BBC.
The 22-year old spent the second half of the 2014-15 campaign at Crystal Palace, managing only one goal which came in the FA Cup victory over Southampton. He will now be spending the 2015-16 in the Eredivise on loan with Ajax.
In a reaction to the news regarding the move, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger stressed the need for Sanogo to gain more exposure to regular first-team football.
On his compatriot’s recent struggles and his hopes for a better season, the French manager told Arsenal website: “He needs to play. He came to us injured and it took us a while to get him to the top level. He’s ready to play now and I’m sure he can be a good signing for Ajax.”
“He has an opportunity to play in the Champions League which is good experience. We have a good relationship we them and hopefully he can have a great season.”
Sanogo moved to Arsenal in 2013 and scored only once in 20 appearances for the north London club amid strong competitions for a starting berth under Arsene Wenger.
Sanogo has not made any impression since moving to the Emriates, it is fair to say. However, it is hoped that his physique, technical astuteness and agility should help him stand out in the Eredivise.
Wenger’s comment about him should even serve as a spur to the ex-Auxerre player to make a lasting impression and prove himself especially in the Champions League for Ajax. All he need is to improve his speed, shooting accuracy and more hardwork, then clubs would circle for his signature.
Doing so will not only put European heavyweights on the alert, but also it will make Wenger come calling at full speed once the loan deal is over.