by Lewis Ambrose
Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo is set to complete a loan move which would see him spend the entire season at Ajax.
Eredivisie has become a great place for strikers to thrive with open matches and attacking football, and could be seen as just the place for Sanogo to find whatever it is he needs – largely just fitness – to realise his potential.
According to De Telegraaf the Frenchman will move after he and Arsène Wenger both agreed to the deal. Sanogo has already had talks with Ajax director of footballer Marc Overmans as well as manager Frank de Boer, and seems happy with the idea of a year in the Netherlands.
Sang finally scored his first Arsenal goal against Borussia Dortmund in November but was impressive during pre-season last summer, netting four in one game against Benfica.
A loan move to Crystal Palace in January didn’t afford him the opportunities he would have been hoping for as Glenn Murray found some form under Alan Pardew’s guidance. He still made 11 appearances and managed to score once during his time with the Eagles.
Sanogo will be competition for Arkadiusz Milik, replacing big Icelandic striker Kolbeinn Sigthorsson in the squad following his move to Ligue 1 side Nantes.
Wenger clearly rates the 22 year-old striker who has shown that he is incredibly strong and good at bringing others into play. There is no doubt the other areas of Sanogo’s game need to be polished or hugely worked on but he is a raw talent.
With a Champions League qualifier coming up Ajax are eager to push the deal through and, now that Wenger and Sanogo have both agreed, it is expected to be confirmed by the end of this week.
A year of training under Dennis Bergkamp will do him no harm, hopefully Ajax afford him plenty of first-team football and Arsenal will eventually benefit.