Yaya Sanogo scores a hat trick, plus one

American football fans, as eager as they may be for NFL action come early-August, know well enough that what happens in the preseason isn’t a promise of what’s to come when the games really count.

The same holds true for the sport that the rest of the world calls “football.”

So while Yaya Sanogo‘s four-goal performance for Arsenal (England) in Saturday’s preseason friendly against Benfica (Portugal) was undeniably impressive, it would be premature to say the 21-year-old French Muslim striker has definitively bounced back from a disappointing rookie season in the Barclays Premier League.

In eight appearances for Arsenal last season after coming over from France’s second division, Sanogo didn’t score any goals. Along the way he earned the derisive nickname “Sanogoal.” (Get it? Sa-NO-goal?) He won’t be able to officially drop that moniker until he finds the net in an Arsenal game that counts, but four goals in a preseason match is at least a slight indication that his scoring drought won’t last much longer.

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