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Arsenal confirm Sanogo exit

1:05 PM GMT 09/06/2017
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The club has confirmed the striker's unsuccessful four-year stint with the Gunners has to come to an end

Arsenal have confirmed striker Yaya Sanogo will not be retained after an unsuccessful four-year spell with the club.

Sanogo joined Arsenal from Auxerre on free transfer amid significant hype in 2013 after scoring 10 goals in Ligue 2 as a 20-year-old, but made just 20 competitive appearances in his time at Emirates Stadium, scoring only one goal.

The majority of those appearances came in his debut season for the Gunners, including action in Arsenal's 2014 FA Cup final victory. However, Sanogo found playing time with the club sparse after that campaign. 

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Loan spells at Crystal Palace, Ajax and Charlton Athletic did not prove fruitful and after Sanogo said on Monday that his "adventure" at Arsenal is set to come to an end, Arsenal have confirmed he can leave when his contract expires on June 30.

The 24-year-old's best spell in England came with Chartlon Athletic, where he scored three goals in eight appearances for the club in the Championship during the 2015-16 campaign.  

However he was unable to build on that as he missed most of the 2016-17 season with an injury. 

Academy players Stefan O'Connor, Kristopher da Graca and Kostas Pileas will also be allowed to leave the club.