Arsenal youngster Folarin Balogun sent Mikel Arteta a stern transfer message in January after his goal in England Under-21’s 3-1 win over the Czech Republic.
The 20-year-old admitted he wants a new challenge having felt like he had hit his ceiling at youth level amid minimal opportunities under the Gunners boss.
Balogun has made just three appearances this season under Arteta, racking up just 77 minutes of first-team action.
The New York-born striker has been excellent for Arsenal Under-23s since his debut in 2017, contributing directly to 42 goals in 58 games.
With London Colney clearly doing their job of producing some of the UK’s most exciting talent, north Londoners must solve the January transfer conundrum of Balogun or Arsenal risk losing the trust of other prospective candidates. academy who want to see a path to the first team.
Hush Kerai, Chris Davison and Guy Clarke spoke live on The way to the arsenal to discuss why Arteta needs to consider a foreign loan for Balogun ahead of the January transfer window.
Clarke kicked off the discussion by noting a former young City player the Gunners boss is said to have worked with and how his journey in the Germany national team should serve as a model.
“There is a player in Lucas Nmecha who came through the ranks of Manchester City and Mikel Arteta would have played a role in his development,” he began.
“He was on loan in the Championship with Preston North End, which I saw him while he was playing at Preston, and he always looked like a good player who was tough around the edges.
Clarke then added how a move abroad opposed to a typical EFL loan allowed Nmecha to spread its wings and take off.
“Then he seems to have gone overseas and really found a name for himself,” he continued.
“Last season with Anderlecht he scored 18 goals in 32 games, then moved to Wolfsburg this year and has since been part of the Germany squad.
“Actually, I think maybe a foreign loan for Balogun, let’s say the Belgian league or something, might suit his game well more than getting into the hustle and bustle of Ligue 1 or the Championship and to get knocked down a bit.”
Clarke then concluded by sending a message to Balogun, telling him to watch Nmecha’s path to international prominence at the age of just 22.
“[Nmecha] Maybe be some kind of player there that he can watch,” he said. “To see that he broke into the Germany team and actually that is a complete player.”
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