|Full name||Yaya Sanogo|
|Date of birth||27 January 1993|
|Place of birth||Massy, France|
|Height||1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:00, 9 November 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Yaya Sanogo (born 27 January 1993) is a French professional footballer who plays for English club Arsenal as a striker. He is a French youth international having represented his country at under-16, under-17, under-19, under-20 and under-21 level.
After failing to earn selection into the prestigious Clairefontaine academy, Sanogo joined another local Parisian club CO Les Ulis, the same club that produced France national team's all-time leading goalscorer Thierry Henry. He spent only a year at the club before being signed up on an aspirant (youth) contract with first division club Auxerre at age 13. Sanogo quickly established himself in the club's youth system scoring 25 goals in 14 matches and also providing 17 assists in the 2006–07 edition of the Championnat Federal des 14 ans. While playing with the under-16 team, the following season, in the Championnat National des 16 ans, Sanogo averaged a goal a game. Alongside his positive displays domestically, Sanogo's prolific scoring on the international stage led to him being declared Auxerre's best overall prospect. He drew the interest of Premier League clubs Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur before signing his first professional contract for three years on 27 October 2009.
Sanogo was not immediately promoted to the senior team and, instead, began the season playing in the Championnat National des 18 ans with the Auxerre under-18 team. On 10 October 2009, Sanogo was promoted to the team's Championnat de France amateur team making his debut in a 2–1 loss to Pontivy. He scored his first CFA goal two weeks later in a 3–2 defeat to Romorantin. The following week, he netted again, this time with Auxerre earning a 1–0 victory over Sénart-Moissy. On 5 December, the youngster converted a hat trick against Viry-Châtillon in a 6–2 victory. The three-goal display positioned him as the team's top scorer, despite being only 16 years of age. On 24 January 2010, Auxerre manager Jean Fernandez named Sanogo to the team's squad to participate in a Coupe de France match against Sedan to be played on 26 January, a day before his 17th birthday. He was assigned the number 19 shirt. Sanogo made his professional debut in the match appearing as a substitute in the 108th minute. Auxerre won the match 3–0 on penalties after the match ended 1–1 in regular time and extra time. On 5 May 2010, Sanogo made his league debut appearing as a substitute in a 2–1 loss to Lyon.
Sanogo began the 2010–11 campaign playing with the club's reserve team in the fourth division. On 18 September 2010, while playing in a league match against Mulhouse, Sanogo suffered a fractured tibia in a 2–0 win. Two days later, the injury was confirmed by the club and the player was slated to miss an estimated five months.
Sanogo made his return to professional football at the start of the 2011–12 season making his first appearance of the campaign in a 2–1 win over Nancy in the Coupe de la Ligue. On 21 September 2011, he made his first league appearance in over 17 months appearing as a substitute in a 1–1 draw with Lorient. Four days later, Sanogo made his first professional start in a 2–1 win over Sochaux. On 6 November, he scored his first professional goal netting the opener in a 2–0 win over Toulouse.
On 1 July 2013, it was confirmed that Sanogo had signed a long-term contract at Arsenal of the Premier League. On 5 July, Arsenal announced on its official Twitter account that Sanogo would be taking the number 22 for the 2013-14 season. The number had been used previously by Francis Coquelin, who was loaned out to SC Freiburg for the season.
Sanogo picked up a back injury during international duty with the France U21 side in mid-September and was ruled out for several weeks. Despite not playing for Arsenal since picking up the injury, Sanogo was nominated for the Golden Boy Award 2013.
On 16 February 2014, he made his first start for Arsenal in a 2–1 FA Cup win against Liverpool. His performance was praised by club manager Arsène Wenger who showed his delight and appraised Sanogo's performance as "excellent." On 20 February, Sanogo made his UEFA Champions League debut in the round-of-16 home leg against Bayern Munich.
During pre-season, Sanogo scored four goals in Arsenal's 5–1 win over Benfica in the Emirates Cup on 2 August 2014. On 10 August, he started as Arsenal's lone striker in the 2014 FA Community Shield, against Manchester City; he was replaced by Olivier Giroud at half time in the 3–0 win at Wembley Stadium.
On 26 November, he scored his first competitive goal for Arsenal, opening a 2–0 home win over Borussia Dortmund in the second minute of the game. The result put Arsenal into the knockout stage with a game left to play.
Sanogo has earned caps with the under-16 and under-17 teams of France. With the under-16s, Sanogo was installed as first-choice striker and scored a remarkable 18 goals in 18 games. Sanogo's notable goals during the season include a brace against Uruguay in the Tournoi du Val-de-Marne, a hat-trick against Australia and a brace against Mali in the Tournio de Montaigu, and a goal against Germany in a match that was played at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin. At the 2009 Aegean Cup, Sanogo scored a tournament-leading five goals. He scored a hat trick against Belgium in a group stage match and also scored the game-winning goal in the final against Norway, which France won 2–1.
Due to the six-month suspension of international teammate Paul Pogba, Sanogo was named captain of the under-17 team by coach Guy Ferrier and continued his spectacular form scoring a brace against Belgium in the Toto Cup in Austria. He later relinquished the captaincy in the new year giving it to Lille defender Jérémy Obin. In qualification for the 2010 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship, Sanogo scored goals against Slovenia and Estonia, earning a brace against the latter to help the team qualify for the Elite Round portion of qualifying. Due to suffering a broken forearm while training with Auxerre, Sanogo missed the Elite Round portion, though France still qualified for the UEFA-sanction tournament without him. In the competition, Sanogo went scoreless in the first two group stage matches. In the final group stage match against Switzerland, he scored a brace in a span of four minutes in a 3–1 victory. The positive result inserted France into the semi-finals, where the team was defeated by England.
Sanogo bypassed the under-18 team and earned his first call up to the under-19 team in August 2010 to play in the Sendai Cup. In the tournament, Sanogo played in all three matches and, in the team's final group stage match against Brazil, scored a goal that was voted the goal of the tournament by the competition's organizing committee. Sanogo, himself, described the goal as "the best goal of my career". After suffering as fractured tibia domestically, he missed significant time with the team, but returned in May 2011 for Elite Round qualification for the 2011 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship. Sanogo appeared in all three group stage matches as France failed to qualifying for the competition finishing second in its group. Due to being an underage player during the 2010–11 season, Sanogo remained eligible to represent the under-19 team for the 2011–12 season. In his first appearance of the new campaign, he scored a goal in a 2–2 draw with England at the Limoges Tournament.
Sanogo was a member of the team that won France's first ever FIFA U-20 World Cup. In that tournament held in Turkey, he was in the starting line-up for all of France's matches and he was his country's top scorer in the tournament with a total of four goals.
- As of match played 26 November 2014.
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