European sides join English clubs in race to sign Arsenal youngster

Folarin Balogun has been one of the hottest strikers in European football this season as he spends the season on loan at Reims.

The Arsenal youngster has been in fine form and has already hit double figures in league goals, making several clubs take an interest in him.

The youngster dominated youth football at Arsenal and has made a good step up to the senior team at Reims. Will he return to the Emirates in the summer?

Reports claim several Premier League clubs have an interest in him and AC Milan is also keen.

Tuttomercatoweb has now revealed that Olympique Marseille and Villarreal are suitors for the New York-born striker, as well.

Just Arsenal Opinion

Balogun has been in superb form this season and would certainly show he has what it takes to thrive in England if he returns to the Premier League.

However, he would struggle to play ahead of Eddie Nketiah and Gabriel Jesus, so we probably should prepare for life without him for now.

However, if Mikel Arteta decides he is a better option than Nketiah, we should sell him and make Balogun one of our main goal outlets.

It will be an important summer for Balogun and we expect the club to make a good decision on his future.


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  1. Why do we have to sell Nketiah if we bring Balogun back? Keep them both, along with Jesus and we don’t need to spend big on another forward. With Balogun’s stats in France, if he was not an Arsenal player we would be going all out to sign him, with fans on here screaming “get him”!

    1. I think it’s just that he’s not good enough.

      He’s not consistent in banging in the goals, which is what he does best and he doesn’t have the footballing skills to make up for it in other ways.

      The strength of a player like Jesus is that when he has a bit of a goal drought he’s making things happen for the team as a whole. But there ain’t many of him around – when MA called him “a unique player” he was spot on.

  2. Balo is playing for a mid table French side banging in goals with average support.

    He will come good, $100 mill release clause.

  3. Pass. He n Nketiah fill our deputy needs at Striker behind Gabriel Jesus. Let them battle it out next year for cups, impact subs, and injury replacement. We’re going to bring in plenty of money w UCL qualification and hopefully an EPL title. Interested to see what this kid can do next season after this gluttony in goal scoring.

    1. Why would Balogun, given his current for Reims, have difficulty in competing with Nketiah and “struggle to play ahead of Nketia” inext season?
      Should Arsenal sell either how much will it cost to bring in a forward of equal quality to the two Hale End products?
      Given Arsenal’s history with injury, how many players (including forwards) will Arsenal require to compete domestically and in Europe?

  4. It’s a no brainer isn’t it. How can any alternative who is scoring against the best clubs in France be considered not good enough to challenge Nketien for a first team spot. Remember how Nketien failed to get a first team spot in the Championship while on loan to Leeds.

  5. I think and do believe the best option that should be taken by Mikel Arteta when Baiogun returns to to the club from his loan out. Should be for Arteta to keep him alongside Gabriel Jesus and Eddie Nkethia. As three senior team Arsenal strikers for top options and to provide cover for each other when it becomes necessary in next season’s campaign in four competitions. At when Baiogun should prove to his doubters that he has in him what it will take to be consistent in regular goals scoring at the top level for Arsenal in the Epl and Ucl next season.
    For this season at Reims, Let Baiogun continues to strive hard and harder in Ligue 1 scoring goals to hit and surpassed 20 goals scored mark at the end of this season.

  6. Remember the age of these players! They should with good coaching, good people around them and the winning mentality become some of the best players around. If we win the epl this season this young squad will have the experience and the know how when it comes to winning competitions!!! Top players again will look at us as the place to be.

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