Arsenal really must send Balogun out on loan in January

Arteta addresses questions about Balogun

Folarin Balogun. A name Arsenal fans hoped and expected to see more before the start of the current campaign.

However, things have obviously not gone down that route. The young center forward was thrown straight into action at the start of the season at Brentford Community Stadium.

But it looked like a step taken too early. The American-born England youth international was taken off before the hour mark and again looked insipid when brought on against Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea the next weekend.

Since then, he has only played seven minutes of football for the senior team. And that too came against an academy West Brom side in the Carabao Cup second round tie.

Thus, naturally, it has led to many Arsenal supporters questioning whether he will be given further chances this season. If not, then he must be going out on loan in January?

“We will see what happens,” responded Mikel Arteta when quizzed about the same situation. He continued, “Again, with Flo we have a really clear project.”

“The steps that he’s making, they are the right steps.”

“Don’t forget he is really young, he hasn’t played almost any professional football, and you need to go through every phase – and don’t try to jump phases when you are not ready to do so.”

The Spaniard then hinted that the club would see in December “what’s best for him.”

The fanbase is still divided whether Nketiah should be given the minutes instead of Balogun

At the moment, the place in the team which should apparently be Balogun’s is being held by his senior at Hale End, Eddie Nketiah.

The Englishman, who refused a contract extension in the summer, and looks to be heading out of the Emirates Stadium for free, is the only thing that is between where Balogun is at the moment and where he would want his situation to be in.

Many still believe that the 20-year-old is a more rounded player than Nketiah but the England U21 international’s recent appearances have been extremely impressive.

And as a result, we hardly see that discussion come up in footballing circles.

Arteta cannot be blamed for picking Nketiah over Balogun as it’s clear who can make a greater impact on the pitch, in the current moment.

But my question is if Arsenal came to knew that Nketiah was not leaving Arsenal in the summer, why didn’t the club try to find a club for Balogun to go out on loan.


Although he can still go out in January, six months are a lot in football. Especially for a developing young player.

The Gunners hierarchy made a similar mistake last year by not loaning out Reiss Nelson.

A whole year was wasted in his career and the winger is still struggling to break into Feyenoord’s first team due to match fitness issues.

I just hope that Arsenal learn from it, as these mistakes can eventually come back to bite them. And obviously, it’s not a nice situation to be in.

Yash Bisht

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  1. I think our loaning system has got much better in the past few years. Remember the likes of Gnabry? Back then it was a total disaster and no player ever came back any better. So far this season I would say succesful loans have been:

    Harry Clarke

    Less impressive have been Torreira, who at least is now playing, and Nelson, who just haven’t been fit enough.

  2. After 1 match (Brentford) Balogun has been tossed from the first team back into the reserves.
    The excuse being, he was not up for the challenge. If I remember right, none of the players were up for that challenge. We got hammered

    1. No doubt NYG…chances are he’s still paying for the way in which he played hard ball with Arteta before re-upping…we all know how well our novice manager deals with those who don’t kiss the ring

  3. truth is that Eddie was supposed to be gone, but that did not end up happening so he’s taken some game time from Flo. For some reason Arteta wants him to stay. To be third choice though? Think that would stunt his career. Balo must not be happy because he was surely promised game time this season.

  4. They should be a clear path to their break through and systematically too.. at the moment they are just wrapped like a bag of tomatoes with little or no future plans.
    Very soon will welcome another in person of Berieth don’t know if I have spelt the name correctly.. by next summer we should be having about for youngsters including Martineli for the striker position..

    My point is this youngsters should be playing whether they are ready or not as long as they have performed and fulfilled obvious requirements at youth levels

    You can’t tell if they are ready or not if u don’t give them game time.. They has to be a good, transparent and systematic handling of progression from academy football to the first team in a way that once an academy graduate is deem ready a senior pro in his position should be sold or making way

    Sounds ridiculous but that’s the best approach to consider if not we are not going to be loosing some good players but we are at the same time going to destroy and stagnate alot of young players, just like Nelson and Nketiah

    1. nelson’s career stagnated because he wasn’t good enough. Eddie, CP didn’t offer near enough money. Eddie couldve pushed for a loan like Reiss did, but he didn’t. The players also need to have the desire.

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