The young Frenchman, who looked shorn of all confidence after joining the Gunners from Auxerre last summer, seemed to be a completely different player as he led the line with Joel Campbell. Cue social media explosion.
Of course this was a pre-season friendly, meaning the pressure which negatively impacted Sanogo last season was well and truly off. Also, many of these reactions were tongue-in-cheek. But let’s have a collective irony bypass and enjoy them at face value…
First up, despite scoring four goals, the player himself was brought back down to earth with this hilarious botched celebration:
Hopefully that means he won’t get ahead of himself. And he won't, if these tweets are anything to go by.
Sanchez to replace Sanogo? Big boots to fill Al, hope you're up to it :p
— Daily Cannon (@DailyCannon) August 2, 2014
Yaya Sanogo scores 4 vs Benfica and Ashley Young already has 2 against Real Madrid. Gotta love pre-season.
— Alex Shaw (@AlexShawESPN) August 2, 2014
Is this Drogba in a Sanogo costume? — João Matthews (@joaomatthews_) August 2, 2014
Sanogo has scored a hat-trick for Arsenal against Benfica. *awaits the impending apocalypse*
— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) August 2, 2014
One fan even took to Wikipedia to express his excitement, taking Sanogo’s Arsenal haul up to four in eight matches, conveniently forgetting that only league goals count…
Mexican waves are borderline acceptable, but BY GOD I will not condone the updating of Sanogo's Wikipedia career goals total.
— Football Clichés (@FootballCliches) August 2, 2014
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