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Huddersfield striker ​Yaya Sanogo blames injuries for disappointing Arsenal spell

Former Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo believes injuries are the reason he did not succeed at the club.

The Frenchman has now spent 11 years as a professional footballer, and has endured a lot of ups and downs during that time.

He was bought by Arsenal under Arsene Wenger and was seen as a huge hope for the future in 2013.

Sanogo, who is now with Huddersfield Town, managed 21 appearances and two goals for the club in the subsequent four years.

Speaking exclusively to YorkshireLive, he said: "When I was very young, at 17, I broke my leg. Some defender kicked my leg and it stunted my progression. When you have been injured very young it's hard because you have lost some time, especially at that age – between 17 and 20 you learn so quickly, so you lose a lot if you're out for a year or two.

"After two years out, I started playing and scoring again and went to Arsenal, but you know, in the head, that situation was hard. You forget about everything because you need to take care of yourself, you know?

"When I had the surgery the doctor who did it said to me 'you need to stop football because of the state of your leg'. He said it would be hard to come back and play at a high level. I said to him 'we will see', and he said he didn't know how long it would take for me to back on the pitch but he wasn't positive. But I said 'yeah, we will see'.

"I knew in my head that it would always be hard. It stopped my progression and my progression was high.

"It stops everything. It stopped everything. The game is like that, you know.

"When I came back, I signed for Arsenal because I believed in myself, but the doctor said to me it was very serious because when you get injured at that age it's very hard.

"The doctor said to me 'everything will change'. It changes your body, your posture. But I came back and I kept working hard and that's my mentality.

"I've had a lot of injuries in my past, but now that is the past. My past is my past, and it's happened. Some players have injuries and they come back, and that was my mentality: come back, work hard, believe in yourself and you'll see the effort you put in every day. That's my mentality and I'm strong in my head.

"I don't know if anybody knows about these injuries [in England] because it was in France and I never explained it to anybody."

But Sanogo only has fond memories of the club now, adding: "I still look for their results every week, I don't know many of the current squad.

"Most of the ones I played with have left I think. I know Hector Bellerin, and then after that it's young players like [Eddie] Nketiah and [Joe] Willock – they were young when I was there."

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