Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has his first difficult decision to make on Sunday in the Community Shield against Manchester City. Does he go with the tired and true and start striker Olivier Giroud or does he go with in-form striker Yaya Sanogo?
Yaya Sanogo was terrific in the Emirates Cup over the weekend, scoring four goals against Benfica on Saturday and looking like the imposing, ruthless centre-forward that Arsenal fans have been clamoring for Wenger to sign for several seasons now.
Giroud by comparison looked far from fit having just returned to training after this summer’s World Cup.
Sanogo has the advantage of not playing in the World Cup and he seems to have come back fighting fit. Wenger admitted he was surprised by Sanogo’s success on Saturday, but added that if he can conquer injuries, then his potential is immense.
“Sanogo was injured for basically two years before he came to us,” Wenger said. “Before he got injured, his goalscoring record was quite frightening. For a while, when he came back last season, he could not score. You could see when he scored the first goal, suddenly they came raining.
“He has a big future here. He has something of Emmanuel Adebayor. He is strong, a strong body, similar strengths, but also technical skill.”
Who do you think Arsene Wenger should start at Wembley alongside Alexis Sanchez, Sanogo or Giroud?