Arsenal tipped to sanction Balogun exit next year as two replacements lined up - pundit
Arsenal will send Folarin Balogun out on loan next season.
That is the view of former Highbury favourite Kevin Campbell, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 20-year-old’s future amid the potential arrival of another striker at the Emirates.
According to The Sun (October 6th), Arsenal are considering moves for Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins.
Mikel Arteta currently has Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, Gabriel Martinelli, Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah as his striking options.
However, the latter two are expected to leave the club before or upon the expiration of their contracts next June.
When asked by Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs how the arrival of another striker would effect Balogun, Campbell said:
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“Balogun needs to go out on loan and get some football. He needs to learn his trade.
“Under-23s football is just too easy for him at the moment. He needs to go into the trenches. That is the only way he will learn about his game.
“When you play against the defenders in the lower leagues, they have mortgages and families to look after. It’s serious. Whereas it is all hunky-dory in the Under-23s.
“I’m he will go out and get that experience next year. Then he will realise his standard.”
Balogun has made three senior appearances for Mikel Arteta’s side this season but is yet to score.
He has scored six goals in four appearances for the Under-23s.