. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
May 13, 2021

Premium Newspaper

The Premium News Provider

Folarin Balogun ‘makes final decision on Arsenal future’ after contract discussions


Folarin Balogun is reportedly set to commit his future to Arsenal by penning a new four-year contract with the club.

The 19-year-old’s current deal is due to expire in the summer and it looked as though he could leave for a fresh opportunity elsewhere.

Arsenal have always maintained they wanted to keep hold of the talented striker and help him develop into a first-team star, and rejected a bid from Sheffield United last summer.

Balogun has stalled over signing an extension as he sought assurances from Mikel Arteta over playing time, and it appears he now has the answer he was looking for.

The Athletic report that Balogun has agreed terms with Arsenal and will sign a new contract ‘imminently’.

Folarin Balogun looks set to sign a new four-year deal at Arsenal
Folarin Balogun looks set to sign a new four-year deal at Arsenal

The youngster has so far made five appearances for Arsenal’s senior side, scoring twice in Europa League fixtures against Molde and Dundalk respectively.

His involvement in Arteta’s side came after he racked up an impressively prolific record in the youth ranks.

The question for his manager now is how he can bring him further into the first-team fold.

Arteta is already struggling to give Eddie Nketiah enough game time to keep him happy, though it is possible Alexandre Lacazette could move on this summer.

The Gunners’ boss also has Gabriel Martinelli and captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to consider, though has previously hailed the promise of Balogun.

Speaking back in January, Arteta told the Arsenal website : “His progression and the use of the time that he’s had with us has been incredible. He will keep having chances while he’s with us.”

There was plenty of interest in Balogun from clubs in Germany, while at one stage Liverpool were also believed to be weighing up a move.

Championship side Brentford also had an offer worth £5million knocked back by Arsenal, who have high hopes for the forward.



. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .