Arsenal have refused to renew Yaya Sanogo’s contract, after an injury-filled 4 years that saw him score only once for the club.
Sanogo joined the Gunners from AJ Auxerre in 2013, but made only 20 appearances. His only goal came against Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League.
“I’m free,” said Sanogo, speaking to L’Equipe. “The adventure ends.”
Asked about his issues, he added: “I had a herniated disc. I did not have an operation. But from that moment on, my body often let me go.
“My left calf is healed. It kept me off the pitch for nearly 7 months. I came back in January, with a fitness trainer. I was able to play again for the Arsenal reserves. It was very hard when I was injured. You feel so mentally alone. There is virtually nobody at your side.
“And there is this frustration about not knowing what the source of my pain was.
“The injuries stunted my progress, there were moments where I was good. I remember the summer of 2014 when, during the Emirates Cup, I scored a quadruple against Benfica. And then there were some bad decisions, and I maybe did not always do what was necessary to impose myself.
Asked whether Wenger should take any blame for his failure to shine in north London, Sanogo responded: “Absolutely not. He [Wenger] is not responsible for my injuries. He is a great manager. He taught me a lot.”
Sanogo has been tipped to join Genoa when his contract runs down but Lille in his homeland are also interested, as are Ajax.