Arsenal starlet Folarin Balogun has expressed a desire to fight for a first-team spot at Arsenal – if he is not given it, he will reportedly seek to leave the club [via TalkSPORT].
Balogun is currently unsure on where his future lies. On thing is certain, however – he will not be going out on loan next season. If he leaves Arsenal in the summer, it will be via a permanent transfer.
In a recent interview featured on TalkSPORT, Balogun said on his future: “I’m not sure [about] the discussions that are going to take place, I’m not sure what’s going to happen. But I’m just committed to now; I try to stay present. I obviously want to enjoy the moment with my team and my family. What I can say is that I definitely won’t go on loan again.”
Does Folarin Balogun deserve a chance in the first team?
Last season in Ligue 1, Balogun was sensational in front of goal – he outscored players such as Wissam Ben Yedder, Neymar and even Lionel Messi. In total, he bagged 21 goals on loan at Will Still’s Reims in 37 appearances.
Compared this with Eddie Nketiah and Gabriel Jesus, who scored 15 goals between them last season in the Premier League, Balogun certainly looks like he could inject some much-needed goal scoring prowess into Arsenal’s team.
Despite this, it should be noted that the Premier League is generally of a higher quality than Ligue 1. Nevertheless, if he can translate his goal scoring ability from France to England’s top flight, the Gunners could have a real gem on their hands.
Where will Balogun go if he leaves Arsenal in the summer?
If Balogun chooses to leave Arsenal in the upcoming summer transfer window, there are plenty of clubs in major European competitions who would look to secure his signature for the start of next season.
Juventus, AC Milan, Inter Milan, Marseille and RB Leipzig are all thought to be interested in acquiring his signature – with two years left on his contract, however, it is unclear as to how much Arsenal will require for him to leave the club.