English Premier League teams are eyeing up moves for Yaya Sanogo on loan, but a move to Lorient would be best for all parties.
When Arsenal signed French forward Yaya Sanogo from Auxerre in 2013, it was always going to be a long-term project, not something that would wield instant results. After only three league starts this season, Arsene Wenger could be looking to find Sanogo playing time out on loan, French side FC Lorient have apparently expressed their interest in bringing the 21-year-old to Brittany until the end of the season.
Arsenal and Wenger may prefer to loan the forward to another Premier League club, but the history between both clubs could see a deal done to make sure the player receives the experience needed to make the next step.
Ever since Arsenal signed Laurent Koscielny from Lorient in 2009, the two clubs have shared a good working relationship. Joel Campbell, Gilles Sunu and Francis Coquelin have all spent time on loan at Les Merlus. Jeremie Aliadiere also joined Lorient from the North London club after Wenger recommended the move to FCL’s President Loic Fery.
Making the jump from Ligue 2 to the Premier League was always going to be difficult, with many believing that Sanogo should have moved to Ligue 1 first, before making his big move to England.
This would be a great chance for the forward to hone his skills and develop further, without compromising the progress he has already made at Arsenal.
“I aspire to play more. I will fight to show that I can play.” He told French website Foot Mercato. “I also want to score, it’s been six months and I am fully settled in London, I have adapted, and it can only be better for the future.”
Sunderland, Aston Villa and Crystal Palace have all been mentioned. All three clubs would certainly benefit from Sanogo’s ability, but he wouldn’t be a guaranteed starter, and if the clubs are dragged into a relegation battle, they might not want to play the 21-year-old.
Sanogo could move to France on loan and play every game for a mid-table side and get far more minutes than he would in England. The defences are just as tough, if not tougher, so it wouldn’t harm his development in anyway.
A loan move to Lorient could be the perfect move, helping Sanogo return to Arsenal in six months’ time, ready to play a bigger part in Arsenal’s attack.