Imminent Arsenal signing Sanogo scores for Auxerre in final game

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Arsenal target Yaya Sanogo was on the scoresheet tonight for Auxerre.

Arsenal have reportedly all but tied up a deal for Yaya Sanogo, with Arsene Wenger going public last week that the deal was in the final stages.

This week it was claimed in France that Sanogo visited Arsenal and passed a medical, before returning to Auxerre.

With the deal not quite complete - It will go through when his contract expires, he was back in action for his club tonight.

The Ligue two side traveled to Nimes, who in eighth were one place above them going into the match, the final round of fixtures in the Ligue Two season.

Sanogo started the match up front, playing all 90 minutes for the visitors, but endured a largely frustrating evening as his side were well beaten.

After pegging back an early goal, Nimes raced into a 3-1 lead before half-time, adding a fourth midway through the second half.

There was a small piece of good news however for the 20-year-old Frenchman, when in the 86th minute he scored a consolation goal, taking the scoreline to 4-2. 

He scored convincingly with a swing of his left foot from a cross into the box, back across the goalkeeper's path.

It was perhaps fitting that he should sign off on his final appearance with a goal, even if it were a shame it were not in more excitable circumstances.

The goal took Sanogo's tally for Auxerre this season to 10 goals in 13 games, a very impressive strike rate for the Frenchman.

Arsenal should perhaps be most relieved that the striker, who has a reputation already for being injury-prone, did not pick up a knock or any more serious problem, coming through it unscathed.

Now he has completed his commitments with Auxerre, he can turn his attention fully towards the Gunners, with it likely he will be unveiled officially in June.

Are you excited by Sanogo coming to Arsenal? Will he get chances next season?

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