Yaya Sanogo Profile

Yaya Sanogo
Personal information:
  1. Born: January 27, 1993 , Massy, Essonne, France
  2. Height: 1.91 m
  3. Weight: 74 kg
Yaya Sanogo (born 27 January 1993 in Massy) is a French footballer who plays for English assosiation football club Arsenal in the English Premier League. He is a French youth international having represented his country at under-16, under-17, and under-19 level. Sanogo formerly served as captain of the under-17 team. He plays as a striker. Sanogo was born in the commune of Massy in Essonne to parents of Ivorian and Malian descent and began his career at age seven playing for CMS Pantin, a multi-sports club based in the northeastern suburbs of Paris.

After two years in Pantin, he departed the club for CS Municipal d'Eaubonne, another sports club, this time based in Eaubonne. Sanogo spent only a year at the club and, the following year, joined Montrouge CF 92, a local club in the southern suburbs and the same club that had the honor of training young starlets Hatem Ben Arfa and Issiar Dia. After failing to earn selection into the prestigious Clairefontaine academy, Sanogo joined another local Parisian club CO Les Ulis, the same club that produced France national team's all-time leading goalscorer Thierry Henry. He spent only a year at the club before being signed up on an aspirant (youth) contract with first division club Auxerre at age 13.

Sanogo quickly established himself in the club's youth system scoring 25 goals in 14 matches and also providing 17 assists in the 2006–07 edition of the Championnat Federal des 14 ans. While playing with the under-16 team, the following season, in the Championnat National des 16 ans, Sanogo averaged a goal a game. Alongside his positive displays domestically, Sanogo's prolific scoring on the international stage led to him being declared Auxerre's best overall prospect. He drew the interest of Premier League clubs Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur before signing his first professional contract for three years on 27 October 2009.

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