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Arsenal should ignore Arteta’s plans for 21-year-old after latest report, he’s in great form – opinion
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Arsenal should ignore Arteta’s plans for 21-year-old after latest report, he’s in great form – opinion

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta will be very pleased with how his squad currently looks.

He’s managed to find a balance between high-quality young players, and leaders at their peak to guide them through games.

A report from Jeunes Footeux however, suggests he will need to make a decision soon on one of his young stars.

Arsenal haven’t struggled in front of goal this season, with only Manchester City outscoring them at this point.

The goals have been shared around the team, with nine players having already scored more than one league goal.

However, their top scoring player this season isn’t currently playing at the Emirates.

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That’s because 21-year-old Folarin Balogun currently has eight goals to his name in Ligue 1.

The young striker has been in phenomenal form, and has adapted to life in France extremely quickly.

It’s been going so well, that Arteta has previously suggested that Balogun should stay at Stade Reims for another season.

News coming out of France yesterday though suggests that Arsenal shouldn’t extend Balogun’s loan deal.

TBR View: Arsenal shouldn’t extend Balogun’s loan deal

The report suggests that Reims are already preparing for Balogun’s exit.

They’re now interested in signing Aberdeen forward Bojan Miovski, who is having an exceptional season in Scotland.

If he comes in, and PSG don’t take up the option to sign Hugo Ekitike, Balogun will face a lot more competition in France.

Balogun would be better off returning to Arsenal instead of extending his loan deal.

He may have a role to play at the Emirates too when he comes back in the summer.

Gabriel Jesus has been brilliant for Arsenal this season since arriving from Man City.

However, he’s struggled in front of goal recently though, and hasn’t scored in his last ten appearances in all competitions.

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Eddie Nketiah hasn’t scored in the league this season, but has got three goals in cup competitions.

Balogun would provide important competition for both players, and might have jumped ahead of Nketiah in the pecking order.

It would also save Arsenal a lot of money if Balogun could come in provide quality cover for Jesus.

Arteta and Arsenal shouldn’t extend Balogun’s loan after this latest news, and his form might be hard to ignore regardless of his potential competition.

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