Thierry Henry backs Sanogo: He can be a success

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has backed youngster Yaya Sanogo for big things at the Emirates stadium.

The 36-year-old former French international striker is still active in the MLS, currently playing alongside Australian Tim Cahill for the New York Red Bulls.

His love-affair with the Arsenal supporters remain as strong as ever, and the Frenchman is occasionally seen back in North London watching his former club in action.

Interacting with supporters on social networking site Twitter, Thierry Henry recently participated in a Q&A session – with the majority of the questions Arsenal related on both past events and the present team.

Regarding the current squad, the former Gunner was asked whether he thought Yaya Sanogo will become a world class player in the future. Arsenal’s record goalscorer responded by saying the youngster has the tools to do so, Tweeting:

Sanogo – a 6ft 3inch French U21 international – joined the Gunners from French side Auxerre on 1 July 2013.

The signing was met with slight caution by a number of the Gunners’ supporters as a result of Wenger’s recent hit-and-miss policy regarding strikers purchased from France. Olivier Giroud has been seen a success, however Gervinho and Marouane Chamakh failed to make the grade at the Emirates and have since moved on.

The 21-year-old striker made his competitive debut at Fulham in August, coming off the bench with just over ten minutes remaining for German international Lukas Podolski as Arsenal held comfortably held on for a 3-1 victory.

Following injuries to Bendtner and Walcott during January, Wenger was pressured into bringing in another striker in the January transfer window. However, the Arsenal boss couldn’t get any deals done and the striking situation at the Emirates was then deemed a crisis.

Fortunately for the Gunners, forgotten man Yaya Sanogo has given the doubters a timely reminder that the Gunners do in fact have an alternative to Olivier Giroud.

The youngster started Arsenal’s FA Cup home tie against Liverpool with Giroud assigned to the bench, and ultimately impressed. Sanogo showed ability and desire in winning the ball back, running beyond Liverpool’s back-line and holding the ball up well – reminiscent of a young Kanu.

Will he become a great striker for the Gunners? As Thierry Henry explains, he has the manager, the support and the ability, therefore the only person standing in the way of Sanogo’s success is himself.

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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