Folarin Balogun ‘very close’ to new Arsenal contract, reveals Mikel Arteta with highly-rated youngster ‘loved’ by Aubameyang set to stay with Gunners

Mikel Arteta has revealed highly-rated youngster Folarin Balogun is set to sign a new deal at Arsenal.

The striker had looked likely to leave the club for free this summer, with his current contract due to expire on June 30 and German side Bayer Leverkusen linked with an interest.

Balogun’s future should be sorted soon, Arteta has revealed
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It was suggested Balogun was fed up of his lack of first team chances with the Gunners and was keen to move on.

But it appears he has performed a U-turn and is now expected to commit his long-term future to the north London club.

Liverpool were also believed to be interested in signing him up in a free this this summer, but after productive discussions the 19-year-old now looks set to pen a new long-term deal at the Emirates.

“We will make it official when it is official and everything is done,” Arsenal manager Arteta revealed on Wednesday.

“As I said before, I have always been positive that he wants to stay at the club.

“We want him to stay at the club, so we are very close.”

Arteta is experiencing a difficult first full season in management
Aubameyang will be pleased with the news of Balogun’s Arsenal stay
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Balogun scored his first senior goal in a Europa League victory over Molde in November, and has earned praise from club captain Pierre-Americk Aubameyang.

The striker knew Arsenal had a star on their hands long before Balogun got off the mark in a Gunners shirt, praising the youngster for his style and ‘humble’ nature.

When talking about the youngster pre-match, Aubameyang said: “For sure he’s very, very talented and shows every time he trains with us that he is a really great talents and works a lot. A humble guy as well.

“I like his style as well it’s like an American rapper.

“I don’t see him a lot but he’s a cool guy. We sometimes have a laugh with him and Laca (Alexandre Lacazette).”

Source: Sport

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