Arsenal confirm Yaya Sanogo joins Crystal Palace on loan until the end of the season

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Arsene Wenger had said he wanted to let the forward go on loan to a Premier League club, and has achieved that objective.

Arsenal have confirmed that forward Yaya Sanogo has joined Crystal Palace on loan until the end of the season.

Sanogo has joined the Eagles in order to get more first team experience, and the move is likely to please Gunners' boss Arsene Wenger having said he wanted the 21-year-old to get playing time at a Premier League club.

The move is also likely to please recently appointed Palace boss Alan Pardew given he had targeted a new forward during the transfer window as he bids to keep the side in the Premier League - with the side having previously been linked with more experienced forwards such as Liverpool's Rickie Lambert.

Upon his signing, Sanogo told the Crystal Palace website: “When the Arsenal manager spoke with me about Crystal Palace I was very happy because I want to play more games. I think Palace are a good team, I watched the game against Tottenham and it was a great performance from the guys. I hope I can help the club have a successful second half of the season.”

Sanogo had been used sparingly by Wenger both last season and this term. This season the Frenchman has made six appearances for the Gunners, scoring the one goal in a 2-0 win over Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League group stages.

Last season he made 14 appearances for the Gunners, including four appearances on their run to their FA Cup triumph but failed to find the net. This season he fell down the pecking order at the Emirates Stadium with Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck signing in the summer, with the opportunity for game time only becoming available because of an injury Olivier Giroud sustained earlier on in the campaign.

Alan Pardew seemed happy to secure his first signing at Palace, telling their website: “We have given him an opportunity, he needs to play more games and I think he’s ready for that and he proved that at Arsenal. It’s tough to get in their team but he’s closer to the starting action with us.”

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