The football world is reeling after Yaya Sanogo confirmed his departure from Arsenal this summer.
Sanogo’s contract at the Emirates Stadium expires this summer, and he will leave the club after four years.
The Frenchman enjoyed four separate loan spells away from north London, but struggled to break into the Gunners’ first team due to injuries and only injuries. His talent had nothing to do with it.
The 24-year-old’s remarkable scoring record of one goal in 20 Arsenal appearances could not spare him however, and he will leave when his contract expires in July.
The Frenchman won the FA Cup and Community Shield during his time under Arsene Wenger, but is most fondly remembered for his starring role as the club finished runners-up to Valencia in the 2014 Emirates Cup.
“I’m free,” said Sanogo, speaking to L’Equipe. “The adventure ends.
“My left calf is healed. It kept me off the pitch for nearly 7 months. I came back in January, with a fitness trainer. I was able to play again for the Arsenal reserves. It was very hard when I was injured. You feel so mentally alone. There is virtually nobody at your side.
“And there is this frustration about not knowing what the source of my pain was.
“The injuries stunted my progress, there were moments where I was good. I remember the summer of 2014 when, during the Emirates Cup, I scored a quadruple against Benfica. And then there were some bad decisions, and I maybe did not always do what was necessary to impose myself.
Asked whether Wenger should take any blame for his struggles in north London, Sanogo replied: “Absolutely not. He [Wenger] is not responsible for my injuries. He is a great manager. He taught me a lot.”