Folarin Balogun has played his last game for Arsenal despite another impressive performance for the Under-23s.
That is the view of former Gunners striker Kevin Campbell, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 19-year-old’s future at the Emirates.
Balogun bagged a brace for the U-23s in their 3-2 defeat to Brentford B over the weekend, having impressed in first-team training over the international break.
The teenage striker’s 61 minutes of senior football this season have yielded two goals and one assist.
A product of the club’s academy, Balogun is out of contract at the end of the season and his future is very much up in the air.
When asked by Football Insider if Mikel Arteta should consider giving the youngster some first team minutes in a bid to persuade him to stay, Campbell said:
“The fact of the matter is, he has not committed.
“I do not think he will get game time, even if he impresses in training or for the Under-23s because Gabriel Martinelli is there chomping at the bit, waiting to get a start. Balogun is not going to get in ahead of Martinelli because he is committed to the club.
“I do not think Balogun will be an Arsenal player next season but we will have to watch this space.”
Speaking on Balogun’s future last month, Arteta said: “I think I am pretty positive about it and every time I spoke to him, he mentions the same thing, that he’s determined to stay here and he wants to stay here.
“He has some really positive conversations with his agent as well and Edu is in charge of that.”