Arsenal starlet seeking chance to prove himself with possible January loan

Arsenal youngster eyes chance to prove his worth with January loan move

Balogun eyeing key chance at first-team minutes

Arsenal striker and Hale End graduate Folarin Balogun could be set to add to his CV in January after the England U21 international is said to be eyeing a loan move away from the Emirates during the winter window with a view of proving himself first-team ready.

According to Football.London’s Chief Arsenal reporter Chris Wheatley, the recently extended Arsenal youngster is keen on getting his first proper chance at first-team football after his appearances for the Gunners this season have been expectedly limited.

With no European football on offer at the Emirates this season, Balogun remains – at best – the third choice option behind veteran duo Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, while Eddie Nketiah also remains at the club in addition to the possibility of Brazilian youngster Gabriel Martinelli also competing for minutes.

It was mentioned by Wheatley that a number of clubs are rumored to be keen on making a move for the New York City-born forward, including Championship outfit Middlesbrough as well as Ligue 1 side AS Saint-Étienne.

Arsenal in potential striker crisis

A loan for the second half of the season would hardly be a poor call by Mikel Arteta at Arsenal given the Gunners continued to hunt for a long-term center forward option to take up the reigns in the number 9 role.

With Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah both out of contract in the summer and primed to leave the club, finding valuable experience for Balogun this season could prove a potentially cost-effective solution to a frustrating question at the Emirates.

Arsenal youngster eyes chance to prove his worth with January loan move

TURIN, ITALY – NOVEMBER 06: Dusan Vlahovic of Fiorentina gives their team instructions during the Serie A match between Juventus FC and ACF Fiorentina at Allianz Stadium on November 06, 2021 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Chris Ricco/Getty Images)

Recent reports that link Arsenal with an increased offer for Fiorentina’s Serbian starlet Dušan Vlahović shows the urgency with which the club are trying to arrest the potential situation from a long-term perspective, but a free option through the academy could prove a masterstroke after Balogun has smashed it for the U23’s this season to the tune of 14-goals in ten league appearances while averaging a goal every 61-minutes.

This article was edited by
Ben Browning.

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3 Liverpool FC 13 28 28
4 West Ham United 13 8 23
5 Arsenal FC 13 -2 23
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers 13 0 20
7 Tottenham Hotspur 12 -6 19
8 Manchester United 13 -1 18
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 13 -2 18
10 Leicester City 13 -3 18
11 Brentford FC 13 0 16
12 Crystal Palace 14 -1 16
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14 Everton FC 13 -4 15
15 Leeds United 14 -7 15
16 Southampton FC 13 -7 14
17 Watford FC 13 -6 13
18 Norwich City 14 -20 10
19 Burnley FC 12 -6 9
20 Newcastle United 14 -14 7
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Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 8
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Antonio, Michail West Ham United 6
Raphinha Leeds United 6
King, Joshua Watford FC 5
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 5
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Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 5
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 5
Cornet, Maxwel Burnley FC 5
Sarr, Ismaila Watford FC 5
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