Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo still raving about Benfica heroics

Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo is still revelling in his four-goal heroics against Benfica in the Emirates Cup last weekend.

Yaya Sanogo may be playing for one of the biggest clubs in the world, but the Arsenal striker is hardly a household name.

The 21-year-old joined the Gunners on a free transfer last summer after his contract with French club Auxerre came to an end.

Many of the Gunners fans did not take too kindly to the arrival of the youngster, especially as the North London club failed to secure the signature of star Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain, who left Real Madrid for Napoli.

Sanogo did not have the best of seasons on a personal level for Arsenal in 2013-14, although he was largely used as a substitute by manager Arsene Wenger and struggled with injuries.

  GoalsGoal AssistTotal Scoring AttAccurate PassFinal Third EntriesPen Area EntriesAppsMins
Yaya Sanogo 0 0 2 17 1 2 8 71

However, the Frenchman has looked good in pre-season and scored no fewer than four goals against Benfica in a 5-1 victory for Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on August 2.

£30 million summer signing from Barcelona, Alexis Sanchez, made his debut for Arsenal in that Emirates Cup encounter, but it was Sanogo who stole the headlines.

That was days ago and was merely a pre-season friendly, but the 21-year-old is still raving about it, posting the following message on social networking site Twitter on Friday.

It is understandable why Sanogo would be so upbeat about his four goals, but they came in a meaningless friendly match that most would forget once the Premier League campaign kicks off.

In fact, if Sanogo comes on and misses an easy chance against Manchester City in the FA Community Shield at London’s Wembley Stadium on Sunday, then no one will speak of his four-goal heroics against Benfica.

Scoring goals and winning matches in pre-season are important to build up confidence, but Sanogo seems to be getting carried away with that feat of last weekend.

Perhaps the youngster needs to calm down a bit about the past and look forward to the future.

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