Arsenal striker demands new challenge and sends warning to Mikel Arteta

Arsenal striker demands new challenge and sends a message to Mikel Arteta

For England Under-21 international, a January loan is anticipated.

After saying that he is ready for a fresh challenge, Folarin Balogun has placed doubt on his future at Arsenal.

On Thursday night, the striker scored in his debut start for England’s Under-21s against Czech Republic, and said afterward that he is open to offers.

Arsenal is set to loan the 20-year-old out in January, with many Championship teams expressing interest, but he is certain that he needs to play senior games on a regular basis to continue to improve.

“I’ve played youth football for a short bit, and I’ve certainly scored a lot of goals at that level, and I’ve developed a lot from when I first began,” Balogun said.

“I feel like I’m ready for a new challenge, but I’m not sure what that is. It might be a loan, or if I’m required at Arsenal, I’ll be here, and the manager is aware of that.”

“I am absolutely up for a new challenge, but whatever that task is, I will be prepared.”

“I am well aware of the enormous potential I possess and the goals I must reach. I haven’t quite gotten there yet. I’d characterize what I’m seeing now as glimpses, things that need to be worked on and can be improved.

“At the moment, the performances I’m putting on are all I can do.” I’m certain that I’m on the correct track.”

Balogun has talked with fellow Hale End grads Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka about his road to regular senior minutes, and they have advised him to be patient. Smith Rowe earned his senior England debut in tonight’s triumph over Albania.

“Emile was playing 23s football this time last year, so it just goes to show how rapidly things can change in football,” Balogun remarked.

“I know I have to be patient, and I trust the gaffer completely.” Whatever the strategy is, I will give it my all, and I am certain that it will succeed.”

 

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