The much-maligned Yaya Sanogo showed Arsenal fans on Monday night that there remains reason to be optimistic about his future in north London, helping France Under-21s to a 3-2 win over their England counterparts with a first-half brace.
Signed from Auxerre in the summer of 2013, Sanogo is still to score for Arsenal in 18 total appearances, but his performance in Brest was more than encouraging, as the team captain proceeded to lead his side back from 2-0 deficit to condemn the visitors to their first defeat of Gareth Southgate’s 12-game reign.
The 21-year-old striker missed last month’s Euro 2015 qualification play-off tie against Sweden with a hamstring problem, as France were eliminated 4-3 on aggregate, and his dominance over the Young Lions' centre-backs proved how things could well have been different with him leading the line.
The Gunners faithful were certainly surprised to see their goal-shy front man delivering the goods for Les Bleuets, with Twitter awash with fans reacting to his starring role at the Stade Francis-Le Blé
I'm telling you now I said it the other day Yaya Sanogo will be one hell of a player soon it won't be long #AFC— WozTheGooner (@wozthegooner) November 17, 2014
Why does Sanogo wanna do a madness everywhere he goes but plays like a baby giraffe for Arsenal, is he alright?— Avon Barksdale (@MMLdn) November 17, 2014
Sanogo scored two goals what is the world coming to.— Nick Davies (@nickdavies7) November 17, 2014
Well then, Sanogo > Kane— Arsène FC (@_tescenes) November 17, 2014
Let's just remember that at Sanogo's age Ben Arfa was thought to be better than Benzema.— Will Be Back on 18th (@ArsenalMorale) November 17, 2014
Yaya Sanogo scored a brace for France? Are we without his manual at Arsenal??— Hussein (@SoldierBoyTee) November 17, 2014
What's this nonsense about sanogo scoring twice for France u21s— JF (@fennstar1) November 17, 2014
I think Wenger should make Sanogo wear his France shirt under his Arsenal shirt , scores goals in a France shirt...— Maradinho (@coleyisalegend) November 17, 2014
Yaya Sanogo turns into Thierry Henry when he plays for the France under 21's!— Barry Orr (@Barry_Orr) November 17, 2014