Crystal Palace have completed the loan signing of Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo.

The France U-21 International, whose first goal for the Gunners came in the Champions League against Borussia Dortmund in November, becomes Alan Pardew’s first signing since becoming the London sides’ boss.

Sanogo, a product of the Auxerre academy, joined Arsenal from the French outfit last summer on a free transfer. But the 21-year-old has found game time hard to come by since, making just 14 first team appearances last term. The summer arrival of Danny Welbeck from Manchester United further saw Sanogo fall down the pecking order, and joins the Eagles as a result.

On acquiring his first Crystal Palace recruit, Pardew said “He’s a young player with tremendous promise, somebody that I have tracked personally and this club has too so that fitted well. We have given him an opportunity, he needs to play more games and I think he’s ready for that and he proved that at Arsenal. It’s tough to get in their team but he’s closer to the starting action with us.”

Sanogo, who started in Arsenal’s FA Cup final triumph over Hull, was happy to secure a loan move, and was optimistic about a successful stint with the London side. “When the Arsenal manager spoke with me about Crystal Palace I was very happy because I want to play more games.  I think Palace are a good team, I watched the game against Tottenham and it was a great performance from the guys. I hope I can help the club have a successful second half of the season.” He told Palace’s official website.

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