Yaya Sanogo has confirmed to L’Equipe that he will be released at the end of this month when his contract with Arsenal expires.

The French man, who missed seven months of the season with a calf problem, made just a handful of youth appearances last season.

When asked what the state of play was with his Arsenal contract, Sanogo said, “I’m free. The adventure ends.”

He then went on to explain a lot of the injury problems he had while at Arsenal.

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First up that back problem. “After we won our title of under-20 world champion in Turkey (in 2013), I was quickly launched into the bath by Arsene Wenger.

“I play, including a qualifying match for the Champions League, against Fenerbahçe. And then I hurt myself.

“Yes (my back), a herniated disc. I did not have an operation. But from that moment on, my body often let me go.

“The wounds have cut off my momentum. There are times when I was well. I remember the summer of 2014 when, during the Emirates Cup, I put a quadruple against Benfica (5-1).

“And then there were bad choices, and I may not always do what is necessary to impose on me.”

Then the recent calf injury: “My left calf is healed. It kept me away from the fields for almost seven months. I resumed in January, with a physical trainer.

“I was able to play again with the Arsenal reserves.”

He also revealed that he has been in contact with other clubs, before saying that he had no regrets over his Arsenal move nor the loans which were involved, including the disaster at Ajax. “I do not want to dwell on this period. But again, I do not regret this choice.”

The journalist then asked him if he blamed Arsene Wenger, or words to that effect which Google translate garbled. Sanogo replied, “Absolutely not. He is not responsible for my injuries.

“He is a great coach. He taught me a lot.”

So what does he want for his future? It’s really quite simple – “A full season, seamless. I dream of playing football.”

L’Equipe report that Sanogo is in contact with Genoa.

Yaya made a total of 20 appearances for Arsenal in the four years he was at the club, scoring one goal (although he did have a couple ruled out incorrectly), making three assists and picking up two yellow cards.

We wish him the best with his future.

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