Martin Odegaard reveals the Arsenal player he is excited to see in pre-season

The Arsenal captain is looking forward to watching one player in action this summer.

Arsenal kick off their pre-season tour of the USA on Thursday when they take on an MLS All-Star XI, which will be managed by Wayne Rooney.

The pre-season tour will allow Mikel Arteta to take a close look at his squad and make decisions on exits.

One player likely being watched closely by Arteta this summer and also apparently by Martin Odegaard is Folarin Balogun:

“Just happy to see him do well. Last year in France, he had a great season,” Odegaard said on Balogun.

“He’s a big talent, the boy works hard, very hungry to improve all the time. Yeah, just happy for him and excited to see him again in the games now. Hopefully, he can do well and score some goals.”

Folarin Balogun has made 10 appearances for the Gunners’ senior side, scoring two goals in the process.

After struggling for regular minutes in the first half of 2021/22, Balogun was shipped out on loan to Championship side Middlesbrough in January.

2022/23 then saw Balogun loaned to Stade Reims for the full campaign. During his time in France, the 21-year-old scored 20 and assisted three in 35 Ligue 1 outings.

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Josh Barker

Josh Barker

Middlesbrough fan from the North East of England. @JoshBarker979 on Twitter.

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