Arsenal youngster Yaya Sanogo: ‘Give me time to toughen up’
Arsenal’s summer signing Yaya Sanogo has said it will take him time to adapt to English football – but says he will get stronger to ensure he is a success at the Emirates.
The 20-year-old striker gained a bit of a cult following having been the Gunners’ only incoming transfer for much of the summer. The deadline day arrival of Mesut Ozil has taken some of the glare off the former Auxerre player.
Now, he’s asked for time to get to grips with the intensity of the Premier League.
He told the Arsenal website: “I’ve got used to my team-mates really well.
“I’ve had time with and spoken to people like Bacary Sagna who’s from Auxerre too and this has really helped me to settle in. I’ve felt really well ever since I got here.
“It gives me confidence [to see Sanga and Abou Diaby]: they’ve taken the same path [from Auxerre], got into the team and they’ve done really well here so I’d like and hope to emulate what they’ve done.
“But I will need time, it’s a new way of life, a new league and it will take time to adapt. It’s something I will manage.
“I think I’ll have to toughen up and improve my strength, that’s part and parcel of such an intense league as the Premier League, as well as getting used to the step up, which it is from the French league.”