Sanago insists he is not afraid of competition for places at Arsenal

Yaya Sanogo insists he is not phased by the competition for places at Arsenal, following the £16million signing of Danny Welbeck from Manchester United, reports the Daily Mail.

The Frenchman started the 3-0 win over Manchester City in the Community Shield, as well as the Premier League clashes with Crystal Palace and Leicester City.

However, Welbeck has started the last two games since his arrival which has left Sanogo – who is still chasing his first senior goal for the club – wondering where his next start is coming from.

But the young striker insists he is not afraid to fight for his first team place.

‘Abou Diaby, Mathieu Flamini, Mikel Arteta, experienced players give me advice as I am one the youngest players,’ Sanogo told Arsenal Player.

‘My first year had some ups and downs. I was injured during the first six months, then I made some good progress.

‘It took some time to settle in as I had just arrived at a new club so it was a bit difficult, but at the end we won the cup so I was happy about the season.

‘It gives me a lot of confidence that the boss trusts me because he believes in me and has hope. That is why I work so hard every day and keep the faith.

‘It is true that when you get to a certain age you have to play all the time. I am 21 and competition in big clubs is unavoidable, so you have to work hard to try to be the best you can.’