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Report: Mikel Arteta keen to extend 21-year-old Arsenal player’s contract after stunning start to the season
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Report: Mikel Arteta keen to extend 21-year-old Arsenal player’s contract after stunning start to the season

Mikel Arteta is building a fantastic young squad at Arsenal that currently sit top of the Premier League.

There have been impressive performances from a number of Gunners players this season, both at the club and on loan.

A report from Jeunes Footaux suggests Arteta has been particularly impressed by Folarin Balogun, and he wants to extend his contract.

The 21-year-old striker has started his first season on loan in Ligue 1 fantastically well.

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In his first eight appearances for the Red and Whites, Balogun already has five goals and two assists.

Balogun has started all-but-two of Reims’ matches this season, and is currently outscoring Alexandre Lacazette and Lionel Messi.

The report suggests that Arteta wants to extend Balogun’s contract and his time at Stade Reims.

However, this will all depend on if Reims stay in Ligue 1, as they currently sit in the relegation zone.

Arteta wants to extend Balogun’s contract

Balogun has carried his club form into the international break, where he joined up with England’s under-21s.

He scored the first goal against Germany, which was described as a ‘wonderful’ moment of brilliance.

He’s also impressed Arsenal legend Thierry Henry, who was ‘really happy’ to see Balogun make the move to Ligue 1.

Despite his brilliant form, Balogun may still struggle for opportunities at The Emirates if he returns next summer.

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Gabriel Jesus has been exceptional since arriving from Manchester City, and Eddie Nketiah has also just signed a long-term deal.

Another year out on loan will give Arteta and his staff more time to assess how best to utilise Balogun.

Jeunex Footeux report that the 21-year-old’s current deal doesn’t expire until 2025.

However, it’s a real sign of the faith Arteta has in Balogun that he already wants to extend his contract again.

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