Yesterday an unlikely name Yaya Sanogo was on the score sheet not once, not twice but four times. when his efforts and hard work finally paid off as he helped Arsenal to a 5 - 1 victory over Benfica in the 2014 edition of the Emirate cup.
This is a 21-year-old who last season, his first in English football, played 14 games across the competitions and scored none. He was often off the pace.Which earned him a nickname "Yaya SaNOGOAL". Cut to this fixture and he opened with two poor misses. By the end he had upstaged Sanchez, who appeared after 75 minutes, and had typified a strange result with a delightfully unexpected performance.
Sanogo opened the scoring midway through the first half with a neat finish from close range, before Joel Campbell extended the lead with his first goal in Arsenal colours.
But this was Sanogo’s day and on the stroke of half time he scored his second and third in quick succession as the rampant Gunners took over.
The half-time interval did nothing to halt the Frenchman’s hunt for goals and minutes after the restart he added his fourth after Aaron Ramsey’s shot had been saved.
Nico Gaitan pulled one back for the Portuguese champions just after the hour mark, but nothing could take the gloss off Sanogo’s – and Arsenal’s – day.
With Arsene Wenger refusal to sign another striker to help ease the burden of Oliver Giroud, Yaya Sanogo may have just made a big statement which screams out, "I need to be considered".
Sanogo's performance came like a surprise to everyone even to his manager Arsene Wenger when asked after the game what he thought of the player he was quoted saying. 'That's football, it always surprises you.'
Some fans took up to twitter to express their surprise
Look at me, Sanogo. LOOK AT ME! It’s going to happen. It happened for Akinbiyi. It happened for Crouch. You *will* score. Eventually.
Don't want to get carried away here but I think Yaya Sanogo might just be the new Julio Baptista
Please don't call me arrogant, but Sanogo has a hattrick and I think he might be the special one
We should buy Cavani or Balotelli as a backup for sanogo
Though this may just be a Pre season game but it goes a long way to show how ready the French under 21 striker is ready to fight for his career at the Emirate to avoid ending up like Jermaine Aliadiere.