Search

Sanogo and Campbell very much part of my plans, says Arsenal boss

19:35 02 August 2014

Arsenal

Arsenal's Joel Campbell (L) celebrates with team mate Yaya Sanogo. Picture: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

PA Wire

Arsene Wenger says he has no intention of letting four-goal Yaya Sanogo leave Arsenal this season – even on a loan deal.

The 21-year-old striker, who struggled with injury during his first year at the club, smashed four goals in the Gunners’ 5-1 rout of Benfica on the first day of the Emirates Cup.

And Wenger made it clear that he sees both Sanogo and fellow youngster Joel Campbell, who was also on target against the Portuguese champions, as integral members of his squad for the coming campaign.

“Sanogo was injured for basically two years before he came to us,” said the Arsenal boss. “If you look at his record before he got injured, it’s quite frightening.

“We worked very hard with him and from January onwards he was slowly getting better. Why he didn’t score, I think it was more a mental block.

“His third goal [against Benfica] was especially important – it was the goal of a striker of real quality. He’s strong, but he has technical skill as well and we want him to stay here.

“Campbell has done very well – he is good on the ball, creative, a good balance and that’s not easy to find. There’s no reason to let him go and I want to keep him.”

Sanogo, who joined the Gunners on a free transfer from Auxerre a year ago, squandered a couple of opportunities before he opened the scoring on 26 minutes, tapping in a low cross from Aaron Ramsey.

Campbell – who impressed with his performances for Costa Rica at the World Cup this summer – made it 2-0 four minutes before the break with a well-placed volley from Hector Bellerin’s cross.

Sanogo then netted twice in quick succession just before half-time and added a fourth just a few minutes into the second half, pouncing on the rebound when Ramsey’s shot was parried by goalkeeper Moraes Artur.

Benfica did strike the woodwork twice, but were largely outplayed and their only reward came when Nico Gaitan headed a consolation goal just after the hour.

“I think it’s very difficult to draw any conclusions out of a game like that,” Wenger added. “Benfica might be at a different level of preparation and we are not completely ready.

“But we played the way we want to play football. Our game is based on movement, technical skill and togetherness in the final third and that’s what we did.”

The Arsenal manager also revealed that star signing Alexis Sanchez – who made his debut as a 73 rd-minute replacement for Sanogo – will play in a wider role when the Gunners take on Monaco in the final match of the tournament on Sunday (4.20pm).

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Islington Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Islington Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Islington Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Sport Stories

13:33
James Franklin

I’ve always enjoyed playing county cricket – and it becomes even more enjoyable when you get to be part of a winning side.

08:00
Evan Flowers hit 67 but North Middlesex were defeated by Ealing. Pic: Max Flego

North Middlesex suffered their first defeat of the season in the Premier Division of the Middlesex County Cricket League after losing their top-of-the-table clash with Ealing.

Mon, 14:17
Highgate captain Jake Sharland batting against Kenton on Saturday. Pic: Max Flego

A sixth-wicket stand between Jake Sharland and Craig Gourlay proved crucial as Highgate triumphed over Kenton by 18 runs to maintain their 100 per cent record in Division Three of the Middlesex County Cricket League.

Mon, 06:40
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge hands the trophy to Mikel Arteta of Arsenal (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger claims midfielder Mikel Arteta will play a big part in the squad next season at the Emirates.

Most read sport

Competitions

Time to expand with the LeefiBRIDGE.

More iOS memory in a flash: Introducing Leef iBRIDGE.

The sell out 2014 event 32 Londoners, returns to the Coca-Cola London Eye!

The Coca-Cola London Eye is proud to announce that 32 Londoners will be returning this June, following last year’s sell out event. The event will feature 32 talks, in each of the London Eye’s 32 capsules on 32 extraordinary Londoners.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Islington Gazette e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder