Arsene Wenger has revealed that the reason Yaya Sanogo did not travel to New York is that the forward is suffering from a thigh injury.
Arsenal lined up against the New York Red Bulls in the first half without a striker as many pondered why the young French man had not travelled. Actually, as I enquired on Twitter as to why Sanogo was not in the squad, I think I was the only one wondering.
Injury, it seemed to me, was the logical reason and that is why indeed he had remained in London.
Wenger told the official site
Sanogo didn’t come because he had a little thigh problem and we didn’t want to take a gamble.
He also explained why he started without a striker in the first half. Bringing on Chuba Akpom in the second, Arsenal certainly seemed to work better with a focal point up front, but they were still unable to break down the Red Bulls and lost the game 1-0, Bradley Wright-Phillips first-half goal from a Thierry Henry corner the difference.
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We had no Giroud, no Walcott, no Sanchez and no Podolski. Akpom did well but he’s a young boy and he has to learn a lot but he has potential. As long as you don’t score it’s not good but you can play with three No 9s and you don’t score sometimes.
We were dominated physically in the first half, we came back into it in the last 10 minutes their keepers made a few saves and our combinations were better. We lacked a bit of pace without any centre forward.