Sanogo: Liverpool duo taught me more in one game than my whole career

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Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo has been recalling his first start in English football.

Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo has given an in-depth interview with Arsenal.com, and been discussing his introduction to English football.

After signing last summer, injury delayed Sanogo really getting a chance until February, when he was handed his first start.

This came against Liverpool in the FA Cup, a 2-1 win with goals scored by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lukas Podolski.

Sanogo played 88 minutes of that match, and it's an encounter he talks up as eye opening, and one he probably will never forget.

The match-up against Liverpool centre-backs Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel was certainly a tricky one than he has ever experienced.

He said: "It was a good game to play and I enjoyed it but it was tough. They are two big guys. I learned more in that game over 90 odd minutes than in almost all my career at Auxerre!"

Sanogo managed two shots during the game but failed to fire any of them on target. He won five aerial duels but was penalised for making three fouls.

He is still waiting to score his first goal, but remains positive, despite his 10 efforts in the FA Cup semi-final failing to find the net.

"I think about it. It’s normal as I’m a striker. There are a lot of people at the club who want me to score soon. They can see I am working hard and it would be a reward for me an them all to get this first goal. I know it will come."

That positivity and self-belief will stand him in good stead, as will his acceptance that at times his Arsenal career will be a learning process. If he nets the FA Cup final winner though, now that would be a great story for a signing derided by many through no real fault of his own.

Do you think Sanogo has what it takes to succeed for Arsenal?

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