Mikel Arteta's verdict on Folarin Balogun as long-term plan for Arsenal ace emerges

Arteta explained at the time why he was so keen to keep the young forward. The Spaniard said: “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 could be in contention for Reims’ first match of the Ligue 1 season this Sunday away at Marseille if a deal is completed in time.

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