Crystal Palace have completed a deal, which sees the club sign Arsenal youngster Yaya Sanogo on loan for the rest of the season.
Sanogo has struggled to make an impression under Arsene Wenger at the Emirates this season, featuring in just three Premier League matches so far.
Wenger recently admitted that he wanted Sanogo to go on loan to another Premier League club and it seems to be a good move for all parties.
Palace get a striker who can have an impact for them as they look to avoid dropping down into the Championship, while Arsenal get the benefits of their player staying fit and developing elsewhere.
For Sanogo it’s a real opportunity to show that he can have a big impact in the Premier League.
Arsenal aren’t short in terms of centre forward options with Danny Welbeck, Olivier Giroud, Joel Campbell and Alexis Sanchez all still at the club and all capable of playing through the middle of the attack.
If he wants to return to Arsenal as a contender to force out any of those options, he has to take his chances at Palace and score the goals, which make a difference for Alan Pardew’s team.
It’s a move, which exposes him to a different type of pressure because he won’t be used to representing an English team fighting in the bottom half of the table.
He’s got plenty of assets, which should serve him well at Palace such as his pace and ability to play a deeper role as well as on the shoulder of the opposition’s defence.
If Arsenal can secure a place in the top four for next season and Sanogo can play a vital role in keeping Palace up, Arsenal have already got their hands on a player who could launch himself into next season full of confidence.
Here’s what Arsenal and Palace fans had to say about the move on Twitter.
hopefully if Sanogo does well at Palace we can sell him to them in the summer— David (@DavidAFC68) January 13, 2015
Never seen so many Arsenal fans happy to see a player leave even if it is just for a loan. #sanogo— Jason AFC (@JasonJhuti) January 13, 2015
#Sanogo will develop to be better player under Alan Pardew at Crystal Palace. goodluck Yaya— Ozil Arsenal (@ScottHleg) January 13, 2015
I reckon Pardew could use the services of a legend. *Side eye* #Sanogo— EzeNwanyi. (@Adorayyble) January 13, 2015