ARSENAL SNAP UP SANOGO

Arsenal eventually completed the signing of the young French striker Yaya Sanogo on Monday. Sanogo has been signed on a free transfer as his contract with his former club Auxerre had expired at the end of the last season.

Sanogo played for Auxerre for 3 years between 2010 and 2013. He featured for the Ligue 1 side in 24 matches during that period and netted 11 times.

Sanogo is currently representing France in the U-20 World Cup. He is expected to join the Gunners for the pre-season training in a few days.

Talking to the reporters about Sanogo’s signing, the Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said, “I am excited to work with Sanogo. He is a fine, young talent. I was very impressed seeing him play for Auxerre in the last season. I hope he continues progressing well here at Arsenal.”

Sanogo himself was also ecstatic after the completion of his signing. Talking to the reporters, he said, “I am very happy to have got the opportunity to join a Premier League club. I had a decent last season and I am hoping to continue my good form at Arsenal.”

“Arsene Wenger personally visited me in Paris and offered me the contract. I couldn’t have said no to him. I had a positive chat with him. He told me that I would get my chances at Arsenal.”

There is no doubt about the talent of Sanogo. He has tremendous speed and strength and if he is in top nick, he can be more than handy. But, his fitness is a real issue. At Auxerre, he had to deal with an injury or two every season.

However, there are not too many managers in the world who knows better than Arsene Wenger how to develop talent. Let’s see how he deals with this young bloke.

PODOLSKI DELIGHTED WITH FIRST GOAL

The Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski has said that he is extremely delighted to have opened his account for Arsenal in the most impressive fashion. Arsenal are coming into the third match of the season against Liverpool having drawn both the opening matches, while also scoring none. However, they managed a respectable 2-0 win over the Merseyside club to open their account for the new season. Lukas Podolski has been a disappointment in the first matches, but his goal against Liverpool provided Arsenal fans with a glimpse of this quality. After the match, he has said that he is extremely happy to score his first goal for the club and hopes that it continues.

The 26-year-old German international also said that he wants to replace Robin van Persie as the main striker at the club. Robin van Persie was one of the main goal scorers of Arsenal in the last few seasons, while the last one was exceptional with 37 goals in all competitions. Podolski has already targeted the achievements of Robin van Persie at the club. He feels that his opening goal is extremely important because it will relieve a lot of pressure from his shoulders, while allowing him to perform well in the remaining matches.

“When I’m on the pitch, I can win matches. I’m very happy to score my first goal at Liverpool with their amazing fans and stadium. I’m also very happy that we won and got the three points. You must always work hard in matches. You must fight, you must run and you must score goals. e played very well in the first two matches. But when you don’t have the three points, the press write that you play no good,” said Podolski after the 2-0 win over Liverpool that condemned the Merseyside club to the relegation zone.

PODOLSKI CONFIDENT

Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski has said that he is extremely confident that Arsenal can challenge for the Premier league title this season. The German international was signed by the manager Arsene Wenger as the replacement for star striker Robin van Persie, who is expected to complete his move to Manchester United in the next few days.

Arsenal have agreed a £ 24 million fee for the 29-year-old Dutchman, which represents great value for money given that he had only one season left on his current contract. Lukas Podolski has great experience at both club and international level, as he has represented the German national team in almost 100 matches.

He is expected to be the main striker at the club this season. It has been eight seasons since Arsenal last lifted the Premier league trophy. They are not the favourites to win the title this time around as well due to the presence of clubs like Manchester city, Chelsea and Manchester United. It is expected that Arsenal will be extremely happy to retain a place in the top four, which will give them the chance to compete in the Champions League next season.

However, Lukas Podolski has set his sights on winning the Premier league title this season, starting with the Sunderland and wolves fixtures.

“The Premier League has five or six teams who can play for the title and we are one of them. We really want to win this trophy and I hope I can score a lot of goals and make some assists to help the club in the Premier League. When you are a footballer you must be ready – you’re on the pitch to win. Whether it is against Koln or against Sunderland, you are a footballer and you must be ready to win matches,” said the player on the official website of the club.

PODOLSKI WANTS TO IMPRESS

German international striker Lukas Podolski has said that he does not have the feeling that he should be working hard in order to impress Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. The 27-year-old German international recently confirmed his move to English club Arsenal from Koln, according to the Arsenal news website.

He has been linked with a move to a bigger club for many seasons now, but it has finally arrived in the form of Arsenal. Lukas Podolski has the experience of playing for a big team in the form of Bayern Munich, although it did not go too well. Yet, Lukas Podolski has said that he will not playing only to impress Arsene Wenger.

It is expected that the signature of Lukas Podolski will be enough for Arsene Wenger to convince that Robin van Persie can be sold. The Dutchman is entering into the final year of his contract. At 28 years of age, he is not expected to play top-level football for many seasons now. Hence, there is a consideration amongst Arsenal that they could sell the 40 goal man due to the arrival of Lukas Podolski. The 27-year-old is currently on international duty with the German national team. He is currently competing for a place with Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez.

“I don’t think I have anything to prove to Arsene Wenger. He has seen me play several times and knows what I can do. I think it is clear that my transfer was no accident and, of course, I’m very glad I signed with Arsenal, and am looking forwards to playing with Jack Wilshere. In fact, what has really pleased me is that Arsenal fans can watch me play in a tournament like this and realise what I’m capable of at the highest level. Very soon I will also show that in London,” said Lukas Podolski in response to the presence of Arsene Wenger.

TRANSFER BACK ON

Lukas Podolski looks all set to join Premier league club Arsenal in the summer after it was heavily speculated in Germany that his club FC Cologne have decided to let him leave in the summer.

Lukas Podolski has been linked with a number of clubs across Europe. Arsenal have been credited with having been accepted an offer of £ 10 million for the striker, but of late, the striker has been linked with a move to Italy due to the presence of German international Miroslav Klose. Now, however, Arsenal seem to be back in the forefront for signing the German international after it was revealed that he has agreed personal terms with the London club.

Even though Cologne are unwilling to reveal the details of his transfer, it is thought that they have agreed a £ 10 million fee with the English club. Cologne are currently down near the bottom of the Bundesliga table in the 16th position. Lukas Podolski has already spoken of his desire to win trophies in the remaining few years of his career. The 26-year-old has said that he does not see the ability to win trophies at Cologne. The former Bayern Munich man has been one of the reasons for Cologne staying in the division.

It remains to be seen whether the arrival of Lukas Podolski at the Emirates stadium will mean that star striker Robin van Persie will depart in the summer. The Dutchman is out of contract at the end of next season, which has prompted speculation that Arsenal will be interested in taking an offer for the 28-year-old. However, there have also been suggestions that Podolski will be able to play alongside Robin van Persie next season. Manchester city are linked heavily with making a concrete bid for van Persie in the summer.