Surprisingly, I’ve found myself a little bit of free time. So, I thought to myself, “why not pen/type something extra for all those wonderful human beings that pop by to read this site?”.
If you cast your peepers over the Interwebs, you’ll find that there’s quite the conflicting opinion surrounding Yaya Sanogo. Some feel he’s “raw” with lots of potential, others feel he is another example of Arsene’s famed stingy nature and a player that shouldn’t be anywhere near the Arsenal first team. A minority become so furious at the mere mention of his name that you picture them red-faced and about to explode into a gooey mess. Such is the nature of folk.
I’m a fan. I like him a lot. I wouldn’t deny for a moment that he is quite some distance from the finished article, but what he lacks in experience and technique he makes up for with good old fashioned heart. Granted, there are moments where he appears to possess the poise and grace of an inebriated deer trying to negotiate a newly-polished hardwood floor in sports socks, but the aforementioned heart enables me to overlook a multitude of sins.
Yaya is raw, he does require some work to become the finished article but time is on his side. He’s 21-years-old and will only get better developing his game around the other players in the squad. When you consider the languid, sauntering types we’ve had as striking options at Arsenal, a young kid who appears to genuinely want to give his all on the pitch beats them all hands down as far as I’m concerned.
One of those types is Carlos Vela. Unquestionably a gifted footballer but with a questionable temperment. His time at Arsenal was a series of chipped goals against lower league opponents with the game already won and tales of hedonism and London’s nightlife. Now, I’m not saying he was out every weekend at 2am hoovering beak and nailing exotic escorts, but the impression I got was he was much more interested in partying.
Arsene Wenger never seemed to really trust him. He started a few games but there didn’t appear much pause for thought when the decision to loan him out came along. However, there is that buy-back clause in his contract at Real Sociedad which enables us to retain his services for a paltry £3.3m. You’d assume that Arsene put that in there on the off-chance Carlos changed his nefarious ways and started to show some of that talent on a regular basis.
My concern is that Vela is a player far more suited to Spanish football. I don’t think the pace and intensity of the Premiership really suits him at all. What appears a bargain to many doesn’t to me – I think we’d be better off looking elsewhere and perhaps shelling out a bit of cash.
That’s all for the moment. I’ll be back tomorrow with some more stuff and the latest Goonersphere Podcast – we’re recording our season review tomorrow afternoon so keep and eye out for that. All that remains is a quick nod toward the comments and I hope to read a few of your thoughts on the two players. Do you think Sanogo has what it takes to succeed? Would you re-sign Vela? Let me know your thoughts.
As always; thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards.