I could have been the next Thierry Henry at Arsenal – but now my contract has been terminated

Arsenal news as former Gunners striker takes next step in remarkable career after leaving north London

Arsenal have come a long way in 10 years. From Premier League title races to mid-table obscurity. Alexis Sanchez and Santi Cazorla to Joel Campbell and Mikel Arteta himself in the midfield.

It has been quite the decade for the Gunners that has now come full circle and then some. Included, within that, are curious characters that disappeared into the ether – Campbell himself, is among them. One player that many will have let drift out of their minds is Yaya Sanogo.

“Sanogo is a good young signing for us,” Arsene Wenger had said after signing his fellow countryman. “He has shown he has potential with his recent performances for Auxerre and also for the France Under-20 side

We are looking forward to Yaya joining us and continuing his promising development. He has a big future here, of course.”

He was nominated for the 2013 Golden Ball, scored in just his second Champions League game for the club, and then faded entirely. Struggling due to injury issues across his stay in north London, Sanogo only played 20 times for Arsenal and only managed that one goal.

He has been across the world since. Failing to become the club’s next Olivier Giroud let alone Thierry Henry, as the comparison with nationality and position would have it, Sanogo is now playing in the second division in China

He has signed a deal with Qingdao Red Lions after leaving the Armenian top tier with Urartu last month. His contract was terminated after mutual agreement and the next chapter in a strange career ark has been written.

His six goals in 17 games for Urartu is the third most he has managed at a club having also had spells at Toulouse in France, Crystal Palace on loan, and also Ajax and Huddersfield. Now he has been seen with a Red Lions scarf around his neck.

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