Arsenal reiterate Yaya Sanogo stance. Aston Villa in pole position

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has reiterated that he is looking to send Yaya Sanogo on loan to a Premier League rival, with Aston Villa said to be keen.

Arsenal have already bid farewell to one forward since the turn of the year, and another could soon be heading out of Emirates Stadium.

Lukas Podolski has been allowed to link up with Serie A outfit Inter Milan on a six-month loan and will see out the 2014/15 campaign in Italy.

It has been suggested that Yaya Sanogo could also be heading to continental Europe, with Ligue 1 side Bordeaux reported to be keen on taking the France U21 international back to his homeland.

Arsene Wenger is, however, eager to find the 21-year-old striker Premier League football.

Aston Villa have been heavily linked with Sanogo and would appear to be in pole position as the Gunners open themselves up to offers from domestic rivals.

Wenger said after Sunday’s 2-0 victory over Hull City in the FA Cup third round: “Yaya Sanogo is here. This situation is different to Podolski. He was frustrated because he didn’t get the chances to play, I can understand that.

“Sanogo is more in search of experience at the top level. He is ready to play, but with so many options up front it is difficult for him. Personally, I have said many times, I would prefer him to be in the Premier League.”

Sanogo has struggled for regular game time since being acquired from Auxerre.

He has offered glimpses of what he is capable of, though, and could be a handful for top-flight defences if given a prolonged run in a starting XI.

Villa could do a lot worse than take a gamble on a short-term loan, with Paul Lambert’s side desperately short of goals and support for talisman Christian Benteke.

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