Yaya Sanogo Embarks on New Adventure with Qingdao Red Lions

courtesy of


From Arsenal to China: Sanogo’s New Chapter

Former Arsenal frontman Yaya Sanogo has penned a deal with the Chinese second division outfit Qingdao Red Lions, continuing his eclectic footballing journey. The 31-year-old striker recently parted ways with Armenian Premier League club Urartu, and has now quickly secured his next professional chapter in China.

Arsenal’s Once Promising Star

It’s been over a decade since Sanogo was heralded as the next big thing at the Emirates Stadium. Signed by the iconic Arsene Wenger in 2013 from Auxerre, expectations were high for the young French talent. Wenger himself proclaimed Sanogo’s potential and bright prospects at Arsenal. Notably, Sanogo was a contender for the Golden Boy award in the same year he joined the Gunners.

Unfulfilled Potential and Struggles

Despite the initial buzz surrounding his signing, Sanogo’s stint at Arsenal was underwhelming, with just a single goal and two assists in 20 appearances. His most memorable moment in an Arsenal shirt came when he scored against Borussia Dortmund, helping the team progress in the Champions League in 2014, and he was part of the squad that lifted the FA Cup that season. However, injuries and less-than-successful loan spells to Crystal Palace, Ajax, and Charlton hampered his progress.

Life After Arsenal

Sanogo’s career post-Arsenal saw him join Toulouse, where he managed to find the net 16 times in 72 games. A brief stint at Huddersfield Town in 2021 resulted in no goals, leading to his release and subsequent signing with Urartu in January 2023.

A Fresh Start in the Far East

Now, as Sanogo smiles for the cameras with the Qingdao Red Lions scarf and jersey, he embarks on a fresh challenge, hoping to reignite his career in China’s second tier. The journeyman’s career continues to unfold with this latest move, as he seeks to make an impact with his new club and add a positive chapter to his diverse footballing narrative.

Did you miss our previous article…

Liverpool Eyes Wolves’ Pedro Neto for Summer Transfer

Arsenal’s Young Talent Set to Stay for Squad Depth