Crystal Palace boss believes he has offered boost to Arsenal rival

Alan Pardew believes Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger will be pleased with the start Yaya Sanogo has made to his loan spell at Crystal Palace.

Alan Pardew has been speaking with the Croydon Advertiser and expressed his delight at the form being shown by his crop of striking talent.

He has bolstered those ranks with the acquisition of Yaya Sanogo on loan from Premier League rivals Arsenal.

The French forward has made a bright start to his time with the Eagles, with his goal account opened in an FA Cup fourth round victory over Southampton.

Arsenal allowed the 21-year-old to leave Emirates Stadium as they are eager for him to get regular action at a competitive level.

Arsene Wenger made it clear during discussions that he wanted Sanogo to remain in England, and Pardew hopes his managerial counterpart will be impressed by the way a player of potential is being handled at Selhurst Park.

He told the Croydon Advertiser: “The strikers that have come in have given me something to think about.

“Yaya Sanogo has come in and done well and I have been really pleased with him. Him and Marouane Chamakh were very good together (against Southampton) and I am sure Mr Wenger will be very pleased with what he has seen.”

Sanogo has helped to bring something different to the Palace front line, with the languid forward more of a physical presence than Dwight Gayle.

His time at Selhurst Park could end up benefiting all concerned, with Pardew looking for him to help steer his club away from relegation danger.

Back in north London, Wenger will be keeping a close eye on his performances as he endeavours to turn the France U21 international into a top Premier League and Champions League performer.

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