Arsenal's Yaya Sanogo fails to net but shows worth as France u21 cruise

Arsenal new boy Yaya Sanogo is still searching for his first France under 21 goal, but performed well on the night.

Arsenal new boy Yaya Sanogo was France's top scorer as their under-20 side lifted the World Cup in the age group earlier this summer, bagging four goals along the way.

He has since been recalled into the under-21 side, stripped of top stars Paul Pogba and Geoffrey Kondogbia who have earned calls into the senior squad.

The 20-year-old was named as a starter in France under-21s's Thursday night contest against Kazakhstan, his third cap at that level.

While he has scored for fun right the way through from under-16s, where he struck 18 in 18, to under-20s, after three games for the under-21s he is still searching for his first goal.

Not that France were complaining. They cruised past Kazakhstan 5-0 thanks to a dominant performance, and goals from five different players including the highly rated Antony Martial and Yassine Benzia. 

They hit the fifth with half an hour to go and easily could have made the scoreline an embarrassing one for the away side had they been so inclined.

As for Sanogo, he was industrious but simply did not have any clear cut chances come his way, and was subbed off in the final stages with the game won.

The striker played his role, taking away defenders and creating space for midfielders to join the attack, and won a crucial header which led to a fourth goal from substitute Loick Landre.

Interviewed post-match by L'Equipe he said: "With the lack of pace, it was a bit difficult. But it did me good to have played this game."

It wasn't the hat-trick he would have wanted to send a message to Arsene Wenger that he is ready for his chance in the Arsenal first team just yet, but the win and the playing time will have given him some further confidence. And importantly, he didn't get injured.

Check out the highlights of the win here:

image: © Julien Haler

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