Yaya Sanogo to make first Arsenal start v Liverpool?

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Is Arsene Wenger ready to make a hero of Yaya Sanogo this weekend?

Arsenal host Liverpool looking for revenge in this weekend's FA Cup after their mauling at Anfield last week, with a big question mark hanging over Olivier Giroud.

The striker is in poor form, with three goals in his last 10 games, and looked spent against both Liverpool and Manchester United in the last week.

While there is an argument to select the striker, to let him play his way out of it, a rest may do him good - and for all the furore over the club's lack of options up front, they do have two alternatives.

Hardly the quality Arsenal fans want to see, but Nicklas Bendtner will feel he is owed a start, but he may not have it all his own way thanks to Frenchman Yaya Sanogo.

The France under-21 international was signed on a free transfer from Auxerre last summer, but has barely got going after suffering a back injury which sidelined him for months, and meant he missed the opportunity to play in the Capital One Cup.

He returned for Arsenal's under-21s a week ago against Southampton, and featured on the bench against Manchester United in the Premier League in midweek.

Arsene Wenger rates the striker highly, and this is an ideal chance for him to showcase the striker's talent and hand him an opportunity.

Wenger knows what Nicklas Bendtner can do, should he need the striker against Bayern off the bench he has nothing to learn from playing him against against Liverpool - while Sanogo has a chance to make a hero of himself.

There really are going to be very few opportunities for the Frenchman between now and the end of the season if this game is not for him, and it's an ideal opportunity for him to show Wenger he can be trusted to play a part in the title run in.

Liverpool's defenders know all about Olivier Giroud, having kept him quiet twice this season. The unfamiliarity and unpredictability of an unknown quantity in Sanogo may just work to Arsenal's advantage.

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