Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew made his first signing as Eagles boss on Tuesday, as Yaya Sanogo crosses London to join from Arsenal on a loan deal until the end of the season.
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Sanogo, 21, has found minutes hard to come by this season at the Emirates after being thrust into the spotlight last season following injuries to Arsenal regular attackers.
The French striker has scored one goal in six appearances this campaign but with the signing of Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck this summer, plus Olivier Giroud firing on all cylinders, Sanogo has fallen down the pecking order. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, who signed Sanogo on a free transfer from Auxerre in the summer of 2013, was eager for the youngster to gain more experience in the PL rather than securing a loan deal abroad.
Sanogo is delighted to have landed with the Eagles.
“When the Arsenal manager spoke with me about Crystal Palace I was very happy because I want to play more games,” Sanogo said. “I think Palace are a good team, I watched the game against Tottenham and it was a great performance from the guys. I hope I can help the club have a successful second half of the season.”
Palace currently have Marouane Chamakh, Fraizer Campbell, Glenn Murray and Dwight Gayle as forwards but they only have seven goals between them through 21 PL games. Sanogo is young, gangly and a little raw but he showed glimpses of talent last season when Wenger threw him in at the deep end, but he did fail to score in 14 appearances which included starting in the 2014 FA Cup final.
Pardew and Palace need goals if they’re going to beat the drop. Tasking Sanogo with being the main goal threat is a big gamble.