FORMER Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo has been let go by Toulouse after scoring just 12 league goals in three years.
Though the 27-year-old French forward has defended his record as “not disgustingly bad”.
Sanogo’s contract expired at the end of last month and Toulouse – relegated to Ligue 2 after finishing bottom – decided not to offer him a new deal.
Sanogo, who made 11 appearances during four years at Arsenal but failed to score any goals, insists he has had a “fair number” of offers from other clubs.
But speaking of his own lacklustre showing in France, he told France Football: “I knew the club that I was joining. I needed to play, I wanted to enjoy myself playing again. I had less fitness issues.
“I must have played 70 matches with 17 or 18 goals.
“My stats aren’t amazing, but I was able to show with my body that I am apt, I can play. I wanted to reassure myself of that.
“I left for abroad when I was very young and I came to Toulouse to renew myself.
“Over the three seasons, Max-Alain Gradel must have been top scorer, but I would have been second, having played a lot less matches.
“My record is not disgustingly bad.”
Sanogo did enjoy more success during his time with Charlton, where he scored three goals in eight appearances for the Championship side in 2016.
And he revealed a move back to England’s second tier could be back on over the summer.
Speaking of the clubs interested in him, Sanogo added: “There is Spartak, Dynamo also came. Middle Eastern clubs, teams in the Championship, two or three contacts in France. I am waiting.
“I am open to everything. As soon as a good footballing challenge is presented to me, I will go there.”