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Mikel Arteta tips Folarin Balogun to fight for first-team spot at Arsenal



Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has revealed his hopes for Folarin Balogun, because the teenager prepares to combat it out for a first-team berth in north London.

Staying put

The story surrounding the way forward for hitman Balogun has after all taken centre stage on the Emirates this week.

This comes with the 19-year-old having lastly put to mattress the long-time hypothesis centering on his identify, by committing to a a brand new long-term Arsenal deal.

As revealed by switch professional Fabrizio Romano, Balogun has put pen to paper on a contract in north London by 2025, regardless of the curiosity of as many as 15 different golf equipment:

And the prolific attacker, in flip, was swiftly rewarded for his actions by Gunners boss Mikel Arteta.

This got here within the type of a spot within the membership’s first-team squad for his or her Europa League showdown with Slavia Prague in midweek, with Balogun having even been launched off the bench late on.

‘Distinctive qualities’

In flip, throughout his pre-Fulham press convention this weekend, it got here as little shock when Arteta was drawn on his hopes for Balogun shifting ahead.

The teenager has lengthy been considered as one of the vital promising younger abilities on the Emirates, and little doubt demanded ensures over taking part in time earlier than committing his future to Arsenal.

And, if Arteta’s newest feedback are something to go by, then extra constant alternatives at senior degree might nicely quickly be forthcoming.

First, when drawn on Balogun’s determination itself, the Gunners boss defined:

‘It’s actually necessary [that he signed a new deal] as a result of it reveals that he has loved the time he’s been coaching with us and that’s why he needs to stick with us.’

‘He sees a possibility right here to have the profession that he needs. In all features, he is aware of that we belief him and that we need to have a future collectively.’

From right here, Arteta heaped reward on the English youth worldwide, revealing his perception that Balogun will quickly ‘be pushing’ the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette for a spot in his frontline:

‘He has distinctive qualities as a striker – his pace and the best way he holds the ball. He’s an actual purpose menace and he works tremendously onerous.’

‘He might be pushing anyone in our first crew to get his spot and that’s precisely what we would like.’

‘He’s acquired the prospect; now it’s time for him to show himself. We’ve got to provide him the best assist, which he’ll get, after which it’s as much as him and what he does on the pitch.’

BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND – MARCH 03: Flo Balogun celebrates scoring his 2nd purpose, Arsenal’s 4th, through the Premier League Worldwide Cup match between Arsenal FC and AS Monaco FC at Meadow Park on March 03, 2020 in Borehamwood, England. (Photograph by David Value/Arsenal FC through Getty Pictures)

Arteta additionally had time to disclose his gratitude for the work of technical director Edu, in utterly turning across the route of negotiations with Balogun:

‘We wanted to hyperlink with the individuals on the membership, with the best assist from Per and the academy, and with the work that Edu has finished over the months to undo what was occurring and the route the state of affairs was taking.’

‘He has utterly turned that over right into a place the place now the participant goes to stick with us.’


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