Emerging Arsenal star sends message to 'beautiful' Chelsea defender

Kurt Zouma

Yaya Sanogo has given some friendly advice to up-and-coming Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma - bulk up!

Chelsea centre back Kurt Zouma is a "beautiful" player according to Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo.

The pair are acutely aware of each other having trained together at youth level for France but if the fast-emerging Gunners star, who returned four goals in one pre-season game against Benfica earlier in the summer, has some advice for the talented teenager at the Blues - get in shape!

"I told him he needs to get in shape because the Premier League is demanding from a physical point of view," he said, according to Progres.

"There are some monsters [in the league]. But Kurt, he's a beautiful player. It will happen for him. I don't think he'll spend very long on the bench."

As a defender Zouma could be tasked with man-marking the 6-foot, 3-inch tall Olivier Giroud or Edin Dzeko and the 6-foot, 2-inch Daniel Sturridge and Mario Balotelli.

However, the biggest monster could arguably be Diego Costa, who Sanogo's manager Arsene Wenger once described as an "animal".

Perhaps fortunately for Zouma, he only has to come up against Costa in training, rather than in competition…

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