Arsenal’s Yaya Sanogo, the subject of the fans’ ire in recent weeks, has defended himself in the face of criticism, while the race to sign French youngster Adrien Rabiot is still very much on.
Much maligned Aresnal striker Yaya Sanogo has defended himself in the face of mounting criticism from Gunners fans in an interview with French sports newspaper l’Equipe. The youngster, who excelled at youth level, has struggled to make an impression at the Emirates and is yet to find the net in his 16 appearances since signing at the start of last season.
He admitted the transition to Premier League football was difficult.
“I needed six months to adapt. I’ve had quite a lot of problems. I arrived on one leg. It’s been difficult to adapt to the league. There’s a lack of confidence, perhaps a bit of pressure too. You’re 21 and you play up front for Arsenal, it’s not easy.”
In relation to the arrival of Danny Welbeck in the wake of Olivier Giroud’s injury the youngster claimed that the England star would not have things all his own way warning the player.
“He’s going to have to battle for his place in the side.”
Responding to the criticism leveled at him from the stands, Sanogo defended himself adding that a breakthrough is not far away.
“It’s a big club. The fans know that I’ve scored a lot of goals at youth level, they’re putting me under a little bit of pressure. Once I’ve scored my first goal, everything will be fine. It’s their problem if they criticise me. I’ll still be here. I’m going to play, improve and score goals. Sooner or later, it’s going to go in.”
Meanwhile The Express reports that the Arsene Wenger’s chances of signing Paris Saint Germain’s Adrien Rabiot are still very much alive. It had previously been believed that there was an agreement in place to bring the youngster to Roma as a part of a deal that would see Kevin Strotoman going in the opposite direction.
However, while Roma coach Rudi Garcia admitted he would be interested in signing Rabiot he denied that any deal had been done. The boss of the Serie A club told Canal Plus:
“He’s a big player and he’s a player in whom we are interested. Our club follows all players who have big potential. He’s a PSG player and I have nothing else to say about him. He has no secret agreement with us.”
Wenger is a big fan of the French starlet but failed to land him over the summer, now it would appear the race to sign the wantaway player will resume in the next transfer, with the Gunners boss set to fight it out with Chelsea to secure Rabiot’s signature.
Dan O’Mahony, Pundit Arena.