Will Arsenal and Wenger make do with 'new signing' Sanogo?

If Arsenal cannot do a deal on deadline day, fans could have to put their faith in a new addition from last summer who is returning from injury.

A severe long-term injury to Abou Diaby has meant Arsenal fans have not had to listen to manager Arsene Wenger explaining his return is 'like a new signing', for quite a while.

The famous phrase could be wheeled out in the coming days however, if the French boss dare risk agitating supporters.

It's all to do with a signing he did actually make last summer from Diaby's old club Auxerre, who arrived with an injury history to rival the French midfielder,

Yaya Sanogo is the prodigiously talented French youth striker, who has barely been able to kick a ball in an Arsenal shirt since signing for free last July.

The 20-year-old suffered a back injury on duty with the France under-21 side in September, and has been out of action ever since.

Yet Wenger confirmed on January 20 that the striker would return to training on Monday, and this photo on Twitter posted on the 27th claims to show him back on the training ground on that date.

There is no question of the young prospect being involved this weekend, but manager Arsene Wenger has faith in him if he needs to call upon the player who scored four at the under-20 World Cup last summer. 

In early December, Wenger spoke of his belief that Sanogo would return to play a part in Arsenal's title fight:

"We have at the moment Yaya Sanogo who is a striker we brought in during the summer, who is coming back from injury in January. Hopefully he will help us in the second part of the season."

It's likely Arsenal will continue to try and bring in a striker during deadline day, but given it has reached this point with no additions secured, hints the club are far from desperate to do so.

Perhaps Wenger has seen something in training in Sanogo which has given him confidence the Frenchman can be the player they need, but it appears a little unfair at this stage of the season considering what is at stake to place such pressure upon the young man.

Yet if Arsenal fail to bring a new face in over the course of deadline day, expect to see Sanogo's name being dropped around by Wenger over the coming days or weeks. Just don't buy the line it's 'like a new signing', even if, given he has played just nine minutes in the Premier League, he may feel he can get away with it.

image: © Julien Haler

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