Former Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo made his Toulouse debut and return to Ligue 1 against AS Monaco on Friday.

Sanogo was brought on as a late substitute in Toulouse’s 3-2 defeat to the defending champions. He came on in the 73rd minute for Jimmy Durmaz, but was unable to find a late equaliser for his new side.

Toulouse had taken the lead twice during the game, and will have been disappointed to still lose. Zinedine Machach volleyed the away team in front, before they were pegged back by Monaco centre back Jemerson from a corner.

Striker Andy Delort restored Toulouse’s lead early in the second half, until headers from Radamel Falcao and Kamil Glik gave Monaco the three points.

Sanogo joined Toulouse on a free transfer after he was released by Arsenal this summer. He managed just 20 first-team appearances for the Gunners after joining in 2013, although somehow managed starts against Bayern Munich in the Champions League and in an FA Cup semi-final.

His time at the Emirates Stadium was plagued by injuries, and despite a highly entertaining four-goal haul in a pre-season game against Benfica, the French centre-forward did not do enough to earn a new contract at the club. He is now looking to find form and fitness again at Toulouse.

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