Report claims Balogun’s form will test Arteta’s management

Folarin Balogun is taking the Ligue 1 by storm after scoring a hattrick for Reims in his last match for his loan side.

The striker joined the French side on loan for the rest of this season in the summer as there was no space for him to play regularly at the Emirates.

The Gunners added Gabriel Jesus to their squad at the start of the season and Eddie Nketiah was also above Balogun on the pecking order.

This meant he had to leave temporarily and did, which has been a good decision, judging by his performances so far.

His fine form in France means at the start of next season, Arsenal will have three good strikers as options and a report on Express Sport reckons that will be one of the biggest tests of Mikel Arteta’s time managing the Gunners.

The report says he will have to decide if he wants to keep all three and who will be the first choice.

Just Arsenal Opinion

The best problem a manager wants to have is selecting among players who are extremely good and Mikel Arteta will welcome this dilemma.

However, Balogun might be sent away again for another season so that he can prove he is ready to turn out for a top club like Arsenal.

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  1. Tough one indeed to navigate but a great problem to have. Can you imagine the beating we’d be taking now from the media if we’d panic signed a striker early in Jan?

  2. Methinks he should be loaned to a premier league side next season if he continues his current form. Additionally, an extension should be negotiated.

    I agree that Arteta will have a management test, and it is indeed a good problem to have.

  3. I think with all the matches next season he and Nketiah will be playing all the cup matches and both putting the front three of Jesus Saka and Martinelli under competition…

    Troussard also will be in the mix with ESR

    Exciting times !

    1. No, it shouldn’t be hard.
      If Mudryk went for £100m then going by age, exposure and proven goalscoring record, Balogun is £110m-£120m.

  4. its not a difficult problem to solve. Give the boy a chance
    and give competition to Eddie and Jesus, we don’t know
    how Jesus will recover after his surgery..?

  5. The kid has grasped his loaning opportunity with both hands.

    His loaning deal should be extended to a further year,

    It seems like this kid has terrific attitude and want to call Arsenal his home

  6. IF he is loaned at all, which I hope does not happen, as I WANT HIM WITH US, then that loan needs to be with anothe Prem team, so that he can gain experience in a PROPER an relevant league.
    The French league is full of very moderate teams, well below the level in our PREM.

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