Yaya Sanogo: People should remember I was "living in the streets" a few years ago.

Yaya Sanogo has promised to turn the fortunes around in the near future at the Emirates as the Gunners striker admits he welcomes some criticism thrown at him by football fans.

The French striker has not scored in a competitive match for the Gunners after securing a permanent move from AJ Auxerre to the Emirates and says people should remember he was "living in the streets" a few years ago.

The 21-year-old told Arsenal Player: “I feel the pressure but people should not forget that, three years ago, I was living in the streets. Today I’m playing for Arsenal.

“When I joined Auxerre’s training centre I knew I wanted to become a footballer and I told myself I had to be the best player there. I had to sign that contract and, after being injured for two years, Arsenal found me.

“Goals will come as long as I keep working hard. I am always positive and usually when I start scoring I don’t stop. I haven’t set any targets yet, all I care about is that I play and improve my game.

“Of course people will pressurise me – sometimes I get good critics and sometimes they are unfair, but I am catching up slowly and I am confident my time will come.”

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