Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta praises Folarin Balogun’s ‘unique qualities’ in anticipation of upcoming four-year contract extension announcement, while insisting the talented young forward will ‘push’ into the first team
- Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta praised Folarin Balogun’s ‘unique’ qualities
- The 19-year-old forward signed a new five-year deal with the North London club
- Spanish tactician Arteta praised Balogun’s work ethic and “hunger” during training
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta praised Folarin Balogun’s ‘unique’ qualities in the forward who is about to strike a new deal with the club.
The 19-year-old academy product appeared to be poised for the Emirates Stadium exit with his contract due to expire in the summer, but he pledged his future to the Gunners until 2025, Sportsmail revealed.
After a string of strong performances in Arsenal’s Europa League campaign, Balogun has put himself into the fray for the starting spot in North London.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta praised Folarin Balogun’s ‘unique’ qualities after a new deal
Spanish tactician Arteta praised Balogun’s work ethic and “hunger” during training
The Spanish boss has praised the club’s Academy for Balogun’s progress at Arsenal and will put pressure on Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah before the starts.
“It’s really important [that he signed a new deal] because it shows that he enjoyed his time training with us and that is why he wants to stay with us, ”said Arteta. Sky Sports.
He sees an opportunity here to have the career he wants. He knows in every way that we trust him and that we want to have a future together.
Then we had to relate that to the people at the club, with the right support from Per and the academy, and with the work that Edu has been doing in recent months to undo what was happening and the direction the situation was taking. .
“He completely turned that around in a position where the player will stay with us now.”
He believes Balogun will put pressure on Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah
Arteta praised Balogun’s work ethic and ‘hunger’ in training and believes he has a bright future at Emirates Stadium.
“He’s a very hungry boy,” Arteta added. ‘He wants to do everything. He wants to exercise more every day.
‘He has unique qualities as a striker: his speed and the way he holds the ball. He is a real threat to the cause and he works extremely hard.
‘He will push everyone on our first team to get their place and that’s exactly what we want.
‘He has the chance; now is the time for him to prove himself. We have to give him the right support, he gets it, and then it’s up to him and what he does on the field. ‘
Teenage striker Folarin Balogun is rated as one of the best young strikers in the country
Balogun is rated as one of the top young strikers in the country.
Prolific at the youth level for the Gunners, Balogun has also shown his potential in his fleeting appearances for Arsenal’s first team this season, scoring twice in five substitutes.
He has also scored nine goals, scoring two more goals this season in 17 appearances for Arsenal’s Under-23s.
Balogun was free to sign a pre-contract deal with a foreign club from January and has been targeted by foreign outfits including Stuttgart, Monaco, RB Leipzig, Bayer Leverkusen and AC Milan.
The ability to secure Balogun for what would have been a reduced compensation fee also tempted Arsenal’s Premier League rivals Manchester City, Everton and Crystal Palace.