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Sanogo 'impressed' by Arsenal

ESPN staff
June 18, 2013
Yaya Sanogo cannot wait to move to the Premier League © Getty Images

Yaya Sanogo has revealed he was 'impressed' by the way Arsenal went about securing his services.

The Auxerre striker is poised to sign for the North London outfit when the summer transfer window opens in July, and the 20-year-old - who suffered a leg injury three years ago - has told France Football how a meeting with manager Arsene Wenger persuaded him to join him at The Emirates.

"Gilles Grimandi [Arsenal scout] came to see me from time to time at Auxerre too. One day he called me for a meeting in a Paris hotel and Arsene Wenger was there. I was very impressed," Sanogo said.

"Wenger told me I would get opportunities and reassured me about my injury. He told me he had followed me for years. That meeting was very important and today I am an Arsenal player."

Auxerre said at the end of May Sanogo is unlikely to be loaned back to them, as Wenger has plans to use the Frenchman as part of the first team.

And Sanogo cannot wait to kick start his career in the Premier League with the Gunners.

"It will be an amazing adventure. I am just eager to start in one of the best leagues in the world. It is a dream that has come true," he said.

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