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Arsenal starlet demands “a new challenge” after struggling under Mikel Arteta

Arsenal starlet demands “a new challenge” after struggling under Mikel Arteta

Folarin Balogun continues to star for the U23s

Arsenal starlet Folarin Balogun was expected to make the step up to the first team this season, after signing a new contract with the Gunners last season, declining interest from clubs in England and abroad to commit to remaining in north London.

However, he has struggled for minutes in the first team, especially given Eddie Nketiah’s surprising stay at the club, after being thought to be set to depart last summer.

As such, Balogun has been returned to plying his trade largely for the under 23s, where he continues to star. Indeed, he has shown on multiple occasions that he is far too good for the level he is playing at, most recently to complete a dramatic comeback against Leicester City.

However, he has now made his desire for a new challenge clear.

Starlet ready for a new challenge

After netting his first goal for the England U21s in their 3-1 victory over the Czech Republic, Balogun spoke to the media.

And, speaking to Alan Smith, the American starlet revealed he felt he needed to make a step up in his career, saying:

“I do feel like I’m ready for a new challenge but I’m not sure what that might be, it might be a loan or if I’m needed at Arsenal then I’m here & the gaffer knows that.”

With three strikers currently ahead of him in the Arsenal pecking order, will we see Balogun head out on loan come January?

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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