Speaking in an interview with L’Équipe, Arsenal’s French striker Yaya Sanogo confirmed that he will be leaving the club when his contract expires at the end the month.
We have lost sight of you. How are you doing?
Not bad. 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.
How many matches?
Three games with four goals. It is not a lot, but it was a real source of relief for me. 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.
Admittedly, you started quite well…
Yes, quite. After our U20 World Cup title in Turkey, I was quickly thrown into the ring by Arsène Wenger. I play, notably in the Champions’ League qualifier against Fenerbahce. And then, I injure myself.
During these three years, you have been loaned to Crystal Palace (January – May 2015), Ajax (July 2015 – January 2016) and Charlton (February – May 2016). Three loans and three difficult periods.
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.
Which decisions are you talking about?
I think about Ajax. At the same time I had serious contacts with Ligue 1 clubs.
With Lille and Hervé Renard notably?
Yes, but it did not happen. I do not really want to go into this period. But yet again, I do not regret my choice.
Are you annoyed at Arsène Wenger who rarely played you?
Absolutely not. He is not responsible for my injuries. He is a great manager. He taught me a lot.
What are you dreaming of next?
A complete season, without injury issues (he is in contact with Genoa). I dream of playing football.