Yaya Sanogo to make Arsenal debut this weekend?

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Arsenal fans will hope to get a glimpse of their one and only signing of the summer so far this weekend.

Yaya Sanogo was supposed to be a footnote on Arsenal's transfer dealings, an afterthought. But suddenly the striker has taken on additional importance.

When Arsene Wenger announced they were close to signing him, it was in the early hopeful days of summer, when Stevan Jovetic and Gonzalo Higuain seemed likely possibilities - only for them to sign with Manchester City and Napoli instead.

Now as Higuain crushingly gets ready to make his debut against Arsenal in the Emirates Cup this weekend, Arsenal's only addition of the summer so far will find himself under close scrutiny if he appears.

And it is likely he will get a run out, whether from the start or from the bench.

Arsenal's official website pictured him training with his new teammates for the first time this week, with the squad safely returned back to the UK from their tour of Asia.

The Emirates Cup is the perfect opportunity for Sanogo to get a taste of playing at his new home stadium, and frankly it would be a surprise if he was not handed his debut at the tournament.

His only problem is the expectation and attention suddenly placed on him; perhaps in faint hope more than anything - for fans are well aware of his past injury record, and their experience with talented yet unlucky players like him.

It will likely be an early test of his character and aptitude. He will be encouraged by the thousands of watching Arsenal fans, and will hope not to let them down and show a sign of his potential, which he displayed at the Under-20 World Cup earlier this summer.

He can give fans a temporary lift and distraction from the fact they are yet to sign a big name striker as they have been targeting, and take the pressure off Arsene Wenger and the management. 

It would even be a wise bet to put some money on him getting on the scoresheet on his debut. But if that does happen, fans won't be fooled. They will know it is a nice bonus, but with rivals Tottenham spending €30 million on proven striker Roberto Soldado, a couple of goals from a 20-year-old striker with no top flight experience in any country, is not going to convince them that Arsenal do not need to spend big themselves.

Even so, finally seeing the young man don an Arsenal shirt is at least something to look forward to.

How much are you looking forward to seeing Sanogo make his Arsenal debut?

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