Balogun rejected 15 offers to join Arsenal first-team squad

Folarin Balogun is claimed to have turned down 15 offers from clubs around Europe to sign a new contract with Arsenal.

The youngster was confirmed by the club today as having signed a new long-term contract, but Fabrizio Romano insists the deal was signed a fortnight ago.

The Italian journalist also added that he turned down as many as 15 different offers to move elsewhere, having entered into the final months of his playing deal with the club, before Edu Gaspar convinced him to extend his stay in North London.

Romano also added that he would be joining up with the first-team squad for the new season, although some fans believe he could get a chance to feature in the Europa League come Thursday.

Both Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were missing on Friday when our team slumped to a 1-0 loss with Everton, and it wouldn’t too huge a shock if Balogun was to feature in their absence.

Would Balogun have picked up more minutes had he signed the extension earlier in the campaign? Does his new contract confirm a loan or permanent move away for Eddie Nketiah? Would you be shocked if Folarin was named in the starting line-up come Thursday?

Patrick

Tags Fabrizio Romano Folarin Balogun

5 Comments

  1. John Ibrahim says:

    hopefully he doesnt regret it….

    he needs first team and regular football to improve

    but fans here wants big name and big tag players

    1. Ba Elkhirsawy says:

      Not all fans, for me, I want a good player who helps the team.
      It will be great if him or Gabi can step up.
      Auba is out of form, Lacca seems closer to exit door.
      And one of the strikers should be a good header, a target man eho can play with his back to goal if needed to make some balance.
      Eddie is quick, a box poacher but he does not have the physicality of a target man or the link up play of Lacca ( though he can add it with time, I think).

      1. Grandad says:

        Big names players have failed to ignite Arsenal during the past decade, so we have absolutely nothing to lose by giving youth a chance.Tierney, Saka, Martinelli, ESR and hopefully Balogun can form the basis of a re-energized side.

  2. Yossarian says:

    Would Balogun have picked up more minutes had he signed the extension earlier in the campaign? – Yes.
    Does his new contract confirm a loan or permanent move away for Eddie Nketiah? – Yes.
    Would you be shocked if Folarin was named in the starting line-up come Thursday? – Given his relative inexperience I’d be a bit surprised, but would expect to see him maybe come on as a sub, and also to feature in some league games now.

  3. Unge says:

    All case scenarios about next season depend on what happens in the next 2 or 3 Euorpa League games.The only way we can be in europe is by being in the Champions league.If that happens,then there will be a big name acquisition upfront.That will mean one of either Nketiah or Bolagun goes out on loan.No Champions league means no money to go into the market,means both will likely stay

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