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Arsenal happy with Balogun loan 0

Posted on September 28, 2022 by Veselin Trajkovic

As reported by Fabrizio Romano, Arsenal are very happy with the way the loan move of Folarin Balogun to Stade Reims is turning out. They’re keeping a close eye on the young attacker and still consider him a vital part of their plans for the future.

Funnily enough, it seemed at one point earlier this year that the Gunners could actually enter the 2022/23 season with Balogun as their most senior striker, as Alexandre Lacazette slowly strode down towards the exit door after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had already gone, and Eddie Nketiah looked likely to leave as well. Luckily, the club avoided such a development by signing Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City and convincing Nketiah to sign a new contract and stay put.

Arteta insists Balogun is part of Arsenal future 0

Posted on March 31, 2022 by Veselin Trajkovic

Speaking to the press ahead of the Premier League clash against Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace on Monday at Selhurst Park, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta insisted that Folarin Balogun, currently on loan with Middlesbrough, would be a part of the future at the club.

Balogun deserves to play – Arteta 0

Posted on February 09, 2022 by Veselin Trajkovic

Having not played in the Premier League since August, Folarin Balogun left the Emirates last month to join Middlesbrough on loan for the rest of the season. Speaking to the press ahead of the Gunners’ Premier League encounter with Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Molineux on Thursday, manager Mikel Arteta was asked whether he would have sanctioned the move had he known at the time that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was going to leave.

Balogun heads to Middlesbrough, Arsenal in Udinese talks over Pablo Mari 0

Posted on January 12, 2022 by Veselin Trajkovic

Folarin Balogun has joined Middlesbrough on loan for the rest of the season, the club have officially confirmed.

The future of the 20-year-old striker was quite uncertain for a large part of 2020-21, but towards the end of the season he signed a new contract. Balogun could well be given a proper chance in the first-team squad next term, with Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah set to depart and the fate of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang yet to be decided.

Balogun has truly impressed for the Under-23 side this season, scoring 15 goals in 14 appearances across the Premier League 2 and the EFL Trophy.

Arsenal to allow Balogun to leave on loan in January 0

Posted on December 08, 2021 by Veselin Trajkovic

There is a lot of reported interest in Folarin Balogun, with a number of clubs interested in taking the young striker on loan this January. In England, it’s apparently Middlesbrough, Swansea City and Millwall who would appreciate having his goalscoring skills in the Championship for the second half of the season, while Saint-Etienne want to give him a shot at playing top-tier football in France.

And according to David Ornstein of The Athletic, the Gunners have decided to let Balogun leave in January, on a temporary basis, of course. No decision has been made yet on a potential destination, with all parties locked in discussions over the options currently on the table.

Mixed fortunes for six non-English international Gunners 0

Posted on November 17, 2021 by Veselin Trajkovic

Apart from Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe and Aaron Ramsdale, who all played their part in England’s 10-goal thrashing of San Marino on Monday, five other Gunners represented their respective countries during this international break, so let’s take a brief look at how they fared.

Norway drew 0-0 at home against Latvia and lost 2-0 away to Netherlands, with Martin Odegaard playing the full 90 minutes on both occasions. The 23-year-old attacking midfielder will have been disappointed with what his team have done, finishing third in Group G behind Netherlands and Turkey. It means they won’t be playing at the World Cup next year.

Balogun reacts on new contract with Arsenal 0

Posted on April 27, 2021 by Harry Kettle

The news thatĀ Folarin Balogun has signed a new contract with Arsenal served as music to the ears of Gunners fans around the world with many believing he has real potential to kick on and become a huge star with the club. Whether or not he can live up to that remains to be seen but at the age of just 19, there’s every reason to believe he can do some serious damage.

In the wake of the news, Balogun spoke with about his journey to this point and what the future holds.

Balogun signs new Arsenal contract, Smith Rowe next 0

Posted on April 26, 2021 by Veselin Trajkovic

It’s been a while since Arsenal had what can be universally described as a good season. Though many expected plenty of positives from the first whole campaign of Mikel Arteta in charge, it hasn’t really been the case. The team are sitting in 10th place in the Premier League, and have been watching the Champions League on TV for four years. Reaching UEFA’s elite competition through top-four placement is practically mission impossible, but the Europa League can still provide the path to the desired destination – providing Arsenal win it, of course.

Folarin Balogun signs new Arsenal contract 0

Posted on April 14, 2021 by Veselin Trajkovic

Folarin Balogun has signed a new contract with Arsenal, set to keep him at the club until the summer of 2025. That is according to transfer specialist Fabrizio Romano, who says the youngster turned down 15 different offers from other clubs to move as a free agent, the most lucrative one from Bayer Leverkusen, in order to stay with the Gunners. Manager Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu played a big part, putting in a strong effort to convince Balogun there’s a future for him at the Emirates. However, the official confirmation of the claims from the club is yet to come.

Leipzig and Leverkusen lead Balogun race 0

Posted on March 02, 2021 by Veselin Trajkovic

RB Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen are currently leading the race for the signature of Folarin Balogun when his contract with Arsenal expires in the summer, according to the latest report on that front by theĀ Mirror.

Arsenal have been trying to get the youngster to recommit his future and stay at the Emirates, seeing him as a player for the future, and manager Mikel Arteta recently expressed some optimism about it, but it seems Balogun has no intention of waiting any longer for regular first-team opportunities. He hasn’t played a single Premier League game so far, featuring only in the Europa League and the Carabao Cup this term. He’s scored twice in four appearances in the European competition, and only played in the 1-4 cup defeat to Manchester City back in December. Instead, he has mostly played for the Under-23 side, scoring seven goals and assisting twice in the Premier League 2.

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