Arsenal have completed the signing of French youth international striker Yaya Sanogo from Auxerre.
The 20-year-old signed a three-year contract with Auxerre in October 2009 after drawing the interest of top Premiership clubs.
It is now confirmed that the French under-20 striker has signed a long-term contract at Arsenal FC after becoming a free agent when his contract with the Ligue 1 outfit expired.
Sanogo, both of Ivoirian and Malian decent scored 11 goals in 24 appearances for Auxerre; he is currently with France at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey.
He scored twice in the group stages to help his side qualify for the knock-out stage, where they face the host nation.
Responding to the news of the recruitment, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said: “Sanogo is a good young signing for us.
“He has shown he has potential with his recent performances for Auxerre and also for the France Under-20 side.
“We are looking forward to Yaya joining us and continuing his promising development.”
Sanogo will be the Gunners’ first signing of the summer with the club keen on bringing in a top class marksman in the coming days.