Arsene Wenger close to striker deal

Be ambitiousArsenal are on the verge of completing a deal to bring striker Yaya Sanogo to the Emirates Stadium from Auxerre on a free transfer.

Sanogo has impressed in Ligue 2 this season with eight goals in just seven games.

Auxerre had been keen to keep hold of the highly-rated 20-year-old but Sanogo has rejected a contract offer from the French side and is available on a free transfer.

The Gunners will have to pay some compensation for the forward as he is under the age of 23.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has already met with the player and is confident the deal will go through.

“It is in advanced stages but it is not done,” Wenger said, when asked about the deal on Friday.

Sanogo is a French Under-21 international and was linked with Arsenal in 2009 but decided to sign his first professional contract with Auxerre instead of moving to London, but it would seem as if the Gunners have been keeping tabs on his progress.

It remains to be seen as to whether the youngster will be involved in the first-team squad next season or whether Wenger will seek to send the striker out on loan to gain more first-team experience.

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