Arsenal signing Sanogo: I almost joined Lille

Arsenal signing Yaya Sanogo admits he came close to choosing Lille as he prepared to leave Auxerre.

Lille were also linked with Sanogo and he says that it was a straight fight between them and Arsenal for his signature.

Sanogo told France Football: "I told my agent the choice would be made between these two clubs. Lille's coach Rudi Garcia called me all the time. I hesitated a lot.

"Gilles Grimandi [Arsenal scout] came to see me from time to time at Auxerre too. One day he called me for a meeting in a Paris hotel and Arsene Wenger was there. I was very impressed."

And it was during that meeting that Sanogo made his decision to join the North London club.

"Wenger told me I would get opportunities and reassured me about my injury. He told me he had followed me for years. That meeting was very important and today I am an Arsenal player," said Sanogo.

"It will be an amazing adventure. I am just eager to start in one of the best leagues in the world. It is a dream that has come true."

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