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Yaya Sanogo: Danny Welbeck will have to battle for his place


Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo is ready to give options to manager Arsene Wenger in attack.

The Gunners suffered a huge blow this summer with main striker Olivier Giroud ruled out until the end of December after having surgery on a broken leg.

The Frenchman suffered the injury in Arsenal's 2-2 draw away at Everton with the Gunners signing Danny Welbeck on the last day of the transfer market to replace him.

But according to Sanogo, the Englishman will have to fight to earn a regular place.

"He's going to have to battle for his place in the side," Sanogo told L'Equipe.

The 21-year-old joined the Gunners from Auxerre last season but struggled to make an impact during his first season at the club.

"Football is the football, but it takes time to adapt," Sanogo added.

"I needed six months to adapt. I've had quite a lot of problems. I arrived on one leg.

"It's been difficult to adapt to the league. There's a lack of confidence, perhaps a bit of pressure too.

"You're 21 and you play up front for Arsenal, it's not easy.

"When you come out of Ligue 2 and you end up in a duel with [Man City's Vincent] Kompany, it is not an easy task.

"On all aspects [of my game], I've evolved.

"When you train with great players every day, you progress. When you play big teams, it helps gain experience."

Arsenal fans are renowned for being impatient when new players struggle to settle down but the Frenchman is determined to improve to win them over.

"It's a big club. The fans know that I've scored a lot of goals at youth level, they're putting me under a little bit of pressure.

"Once I've scored my first goal, everything will be fine. It's their problem if they criticise me. I'll still be here.

"I'm going to play, improve and score goals. Sooner or later, it's going to go in.

"At 21, it's not easy to play as a striker at Arsenal. You have to fight every day to prove your worth. But Wenger just pushes me to continue and my work will eventually pay off."

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