Yaya Sanogo
ST ALBANS, ENGLAND - JULY 08: Yaya Sanogo of Arsenal gestures during a training session at London Colney on July 8, 2014 in St Albans, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

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.

Wenger said

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.

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  • UncommonSense100

    Gunners seem to constantly have thigh problems.

  • @babakrdaemi

    I hope that when the new fitness guy gets a chance to get really involved with the team these sorts of niggles will diminish. Plus its easier to introduce a young player to a winning team. IF Arsenal are playing well and Sanogo comes in for Giroud at home to give Giroud a rest it helps if Arsenal are playing well.

    I think this season will see the return of comfortable wins. Which will also give us a better chance to rest players after an hour or so.

    The thought of Walcott and Sanchez charging at defences is so exciting I can’t explain how happ I am to see that sort of pace and finishing ability up top for Arsenal.

    Ozil is going to have a fucking field day this season.

  • Rod

    Sanogo hasn’t shown he can finish yet, and Campbell has demonstrated that he definitely can, looks like a no contest from here.