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Arsenal would be taking a risk over Eddie Nketiah considering Folarin Balogun stance

Arsenal will undoubtedly look to do some transfer business in the summer but one player they should tread carefully with is young striker Eddie Nketiah.

Some reports have suggested that the Gunners might be willing to let him leave, with West Ham thought to be one club interested in his services.

Nketiah was linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium during January. Since then he has played just 10 minutes of league action and that has to be a concern.

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In 60 outings for the Gunners, he has found the net just 12 times and right now it would seem as though Mikel Arteta isn’t overly convinced by him.

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Arsenal should be careful when it comes to selling him though.

The Gunners are facing the genuine possibility of losing Folarin Balogun at the end of the season and losing Nketiah as well could prove costly.

The academy graduate hasn’t been convinced to sign a new deal and has a whole host of clubs courting his signature.

Balogun doesn’t seem convinced that the pathway to the first-team is clear and Arsenal look powerless when it comes to keeping him.

Alexandre Lacazette could depart in the summer as he enters the final year of his deal and Arsenal could be left short in attack.

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Nketiah might not be playing much right now but at 21 there is still optimism that he can get better in the future.

If Lacazette and Balogun were to leave, it would leave the youngster as the only real backup option to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

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Nketiah is paid £45,000-a-week by Arsenal and there is perhaps enough evidence to suggest sticking by him for a bit longer.

With Balogun likely to depart, it would be a real blow to supporters to see another Hale End prospect leave in the same window.

Edu and Arsenal must decide carefully to decide Nketiah’s fate.

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