Arsenal legend Parlour thinks Balogun has ‘something different’ and wants Arteta to keep him
Folarin Balogun is set to return to Arsenal after an incredible season with Reims in Ligue 1. He scored 21 goals in 37 games and the 21-year-old is ready for his summer move. However, Arsenal are urged to keep the striker despite facing competition from 3 others on the bench.
Arsenal legend Parlour is still hopeful that Balogun will stay put, though, as he told JBI Training: “Balogun can definitely offer Arsenal something different in the striker role. He is a big, tall guy. He has a good build. I think he has a brilliant opportunity to put himself in [Mikel] Arteta’s plans for the coming season by performing well during the pre-season tour. He did really well in France last year. I know that the level in France is a little bit lower than the Premier League, but he was still banging the goals in. He is a confident player and character.”
“Everyone will be given an opportunity and he will have to show Mikel Arteta that he is ready to be part of his squad next season. I like the desire from the player. He’s already said that he wants to play after his successful period on loan in France, let’s see if that will be with Arsenal.”
Arteta’s plans for Balogun are still be discovered as his future hangs in the balance.