Arsenal football club has announced that Folarin Balogun has signed a new long-term deal with the club. The forward’s current contract was set to run out this summer, but was convinced by Gunners boss Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu to remain at the Emirates.
Balogun, 19, is highly-rated despite having yet to make his league debut for the Gunners – although he has scored twice in six cup appearances for the senior side.
Technical director Edu said of the deal: ‘It’s great that Flo will continue to be with us. He is a very promising young talent and has already shown so much quality in his performances.
‘We are all looking forward to working with him during his continued development in the coming years.’
Boss Mikel Arteta added: ‘We have been extremely impressed with Flo this season. He has continually shown his natural ability in many training sessions with us and we have been equally impressed with his early integration into the first-team squad on matchdays.
‘He has given us glimpses with the performances and of course with his two goals already for the first team. The hard work starts here for Flo and we are all looking forward to supporting and working with him in the years to come.’
Balogun is rated as one of the best young forwards in the country.
Prolific at youth level for the Gunners, Balogun has also shown his potential in his fleeting appearances for Arsenal’s first team this season, scoring twice in five substitute appearances.
He has also scored nine goals and set up two more in 17 games for Arsenal’s Under-23s in this campaign.
Balogun had been free to sign a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club from January and been targeted by overseas outfits including Stuttgart, Monaco, RB Leipzig, Bayer Leverkusen, and AC Milan.
The possibility of securing Balogun for what would have been a cut-price compensation fee also tempted Arsenal’s Premier League rivals Manchester City, Everton and Crystal Palace,
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