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    19 June 2023

    Star player Balogun confirms he will not go on loan again for Arsenal

    Arsenal’s Folarin Balogun Vows Not to Go on Loan Again

    Arsenal striker Folarin Balogun has reaffirmed his commitment to the club after helping the United States win the Concacaf Nations League and scoring in just his second game for the USA. The young starlet, who recently switched international allegiance from England last month, is determined not to go out on loan again despite a successful stint at Reims where he scored an impressive tally of twenty-one goals in a breakthrough season. Although there have been no official reports regarding what will happen next with Balogun’s future at Arsenal, it seems likely that he will stay put and continue developing under Mikel Arteta’s tutelage.

    Balogun Aiming High

    Born in New York but raised in England, Balogun has made only two Premier League appearances since making his senior debut for Arsenal back in December of 2020. Despite this lack of playing time, however, he is widely regarded as one of the most promising young talents coming through at Emirates Stadium and has attracted interest from several top European clubs including Inter Milan and AC Milan. Balogun’s impressive performances for the United States will only serve to increase his profile further and put him in the shop window ahead of what promises to be a busy summer transfer window.

    Arsenal Struggling Up Front

    Arsenal have struggled up front this season with Gabriel Jesus being their first-choice centre-forward since joining from Manchester City last summer, while Eddie Nketiah has filled in when the Brazilian was ruled out for more than three months with a knee injury. The Gunners are currently in talks to sign Chelsea forward Kai Havertz this summer as they look to strengthen their attacking options ahead of next season.

    Balogun Enjoying the Moment

    Despite all the uncertainty surrounding his future at Arsenal, Balogun is just enjoying the moment and focusing on playing football: “I’m not sure [about] the discussions that are going to take place,” he said after helping USA win Concacaf Nations League title against Canada recently, “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.”

    As an emerging talent, it remains unclear how much game time Balogun will get next season under Mikel Arteta.

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