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Sanogo: I need to toughen up

Yaya Sanogo admits he must toughen up if he is to become a success for Arsenal in the Premier League.

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Yaya Sanogo: Admits he needs to toughen up

Yaya Sanogo: Admits he needs to toughen up

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The 20-year-old joined Arsenal in the summer on a free transfer from Auxerre and is seen as one for the future at The Emirates.

Sanogo has made two substitute appearances so far for the Gunners and the striker admits he is still trying to adapt to the rigours of English football.

"I think I'll have to toughen up and improve my strength, that's part and parcel of such an intense league as the Premier League, as well as getting used to the step up, which it is from the French league," Sanogo told the club's official website.

"My main aims are to come here and learn, progress in the game and learn my trade with such great players. Now I'm training with them, I'll gradually make progress."

Sanogo believes he has settled well at Arsenal but admits it will take time before the club's fans see the best of him.

"I've got used to my team-mates really well," added Sanogo. "I've had time with and spoken to people like Bacary Sagna who's from Auxerre too and this has really helped me to settle in.

"I've felt really well ever since I got here.

"It gives me confidence [to see Sagna and Abou Diaby], they've taken the same path [from Auxerre], got into the team and they've done really well here so I'd like and hope to emulate what they've done.

"But I will need time, it's a new way of life, a new league and it will take time to adapt. It's something I will manage.

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