21-year-old Sanogo looks set to leave the Emirates Stadium on loan this month, with a number of Premier League sides tracking his services.
As playing chances look limited with the Gunners, Aston Villa have reportedly been tracking the young Frenchman as a solution to their woes in front of goal, and, although Arsene Wenger has continually refuted any potential switch away from North London this season, the player himself is said to be looking to leave in the search for consistent playing time.
Another team reportedly tracking the forward - who has scored just one competitive goal for Arsenal since signing in 2013 - are Ligue 1 side Bordeaux, who have scored 26 goals in 19 games this term.
Leading scorer Cheick Diabate has eight goals in 15 games this campaign, but he is set to miss the next four months, due to required surgery on his injured knee. Sanogo has been targeted as a short-term fix for the side looking to secure European qualification, and club president Jean-Louis Triaud believes the striker wants the move ahead of any other, and is confident a deal can be completed before Les Girondins face Monaco on Sunday.
Speaking to GoldFM, Le10Sport have Triaud quoted as saying: “We work on the arrival of Sanogo. He wants to come, it is a certainty. The player has expressed interest.
“The goal is to have him ready for Monaco.
“We asked Arsenal to keep us informed. They had given me as a response date tomorrow, Tuesday or Wednesday. They are aware that I prefer Tuesdays.
“Bordeaux is the choice of Sanogo.”
A return to France appears to be the best move for the misfiring striker, with him returning to the nation that has brought him his best goal return, in a club in the upper reaches of the table. Were he to switch to Aston Villa, the youngster would be under a lot of pressure to increase his goal tally, and it is hard to see whether he could deal with it, especially considering his current struggles in North London.