Yaya Sanogo signing a bit of a gamble for Arsenal, admits Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger admits that Arsenal's signing of Yaya Sanogo is a "bit of a gamble" due to the French striker's list of past injuries

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Yaya Sanogo is currently sidelined with a back injury Photo: Yaya Sanogo/Facebook

Arsene Wenger admits that Arsenal’s signing of Yaya Sanogo is a “bit of a gamble” due to the French striker’s past injuries troubles.

The Gunners snapped up the 20-year-old forward on a free transfer from Auxerre over the summer as Wenger looked to bolster his attacking line-up ahead of the new campaign.

But although the Arsenal boss concedes that he has taken a risk by placing his faith in the France Under-21 international, he is confident Sanogo will prove to be a wise acquisition in time.

“He’s a bit of a gamble,” Wenger told Arsenal’s website. “Not because of his talent and quality, but because of the injuries he’s had.

“Basically for two years he didn’t play. But I spoke to him very early in the year, back in January, and told him that I would give him a chance at Arsenal.

“He has the qualities, the size and strength, so I think he will be all right. But we know we have to build him up, because a guy who has not played for two years at that level needs some adaptation time to get his body ready for the physical intensity.”

Sanogo, who has made just two appearances from the bench so far this season, is currently sidelined with a back injury picked up while on Under-21 international duty with France.

But Wenger is backing the forward to impress as soon as he regains his fitness and adapts to the physical nature of the Premier League – although he expects that to take at around six months.

“We need to be patient with him,” Wenger continued. “He is a traditional number nine, but he’s a technical player as well. He uses his body well, has a good presence in the box and has the nose to know where to be on the pitch.

“The ball always goes to him. He can be a prolific goal-scorer and a huge talent.

“Overall he has a great desire to improve and to win. What he needs now is for his body to not give him any problems, and what we need to do is get his body into the right condition.

“For me it will take six months or so of work before we really see what he can do.”

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