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Folarin Balogun Arsenal future questioned as Mikel Arteta targets 19-year-old wonderkid transfer

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Folarin Balogun’s future at Arsenal could be risk due to Mikel Arteta’s next transfer move. The Gunners reportedly chasing a young striker, which would threaten Balogun’s place in the team.

According to the Athletic, if Arsenal signs a second striker in the summer, it may be a player earlier n their development. The club are looking at 19-year-old Czech forward Adam Hlozek.

Balogun who just turned 20-years-old is also another promising forward for Arsenal. But the arrival of Hlozek could stunt his growth at north London. Balogun will need to prove himself in the Premier League to secure a place back into Arteta’s side.

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The Englishman started the first Premier League game for Arsenal last season against Brentford, which was the moment it seemed he had finally broken through into the Arsenal. However, he was unable to make another start and was eventually loaned out to Middlesborough.

Balogun needs another loan away from the club to be given more game time, especially if Hlozek was to join the club. A Premier League loan would be the perfect move for the 20-year-old.

According to the Daily Mail, Fulham are interested in a deal to sign Balogun on loan for next season. It has also been reported that Marco Silva wants to sign the striker temporarily with a view to making the deal permanent.

Arsenal must avoid including a buy-option at all costs, because not only does he have the potential to be a starting Arsenal striker in the future. But the Gunners have included the option-to-buy in other loanee’s deals this season, which they could regret.

The youngster has been gaining valuable experience since joining Middlesborough on loan until the end of the season and he has had a great chance to replicate his youth team qualities at the first-team level, with the FA Cup fixtures are also giving him an excellent platform to show his abilities against Premier League opposition.

Balogun played so well in the under-23 competitions that before the signing of his new Arsenal deal in the summer, there were a host of top c…

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