Arteta’s announcement about Balogun – 24hfootnews

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Mikel Arteta, Arsenal manager, addressed the case of Folarin Balogun, the striker on loan at Stade de Reims, on Friday.

Loaned to Reims during the last transfer window, Balogun is shining brightly in Ligue 1. He is even the best director with 14 goals to his credit. The young English prodigy is even ahead of stars such as Kylian Mbappé and Lionel Messi.

Balogun, a destiny for Saliba?

Logically, Balogun’s performances challenged his parent club Arsenal. Mikel Arteta, the Gunners coach, did not fail to compliment him during his last media outing. And assure him that he’s counting on him in the future.

“I’m very happy for him,” said the Spanish coach. He is a boy who has a very clear idea of ​​what he wants to do in his career. He is very ambitious, very committed and he is very courageous. We discussed before whether this was the right place to go [en prêt à Reims] and other choices he had. He was so convinced and I’m really happy for him because he deserves what he gets”.

“I’m very happy and obviously when you look at the statistics he has, it’s just incredible, and very rare to see that,” continued the Iberian technician. But he has something special that’s why we gave him a long term contract and had faith in him and gave him the long term he has now, because the term he has now is different from the one before at Middlesbrough. But this period was very necessary to see the result he has now. »

Balogun will he know a destiny at Saliba by integrating the starting lineup of Arsenal after having exploded in Ligue 1? Arteta’s response: “The plan is for him to finish his time there, assess where he is, where we are, and then sit down and plan the next chapter of his developing career. »