Thierry Henry sends Arsenal star Folarin Balogun transfer message amid fans split over starlet’s future
THIERRY HENRY has advised Arsenal star Folarin Balogun to find a team where he will play football regularly.
The forward has impressed on loan at Stade Reims this season, where he has scored 20 goals in all competitions.
That has led to speculation about his future and Balogun showed his desire to play regularly by opting to represent USA rather than England at international level.
Now Arsenal legend Henry believes the 21-year-old must decide where he wants to play next season.
He told CBS Sport, “It’s going to be important for him now to play next season.”
“I don’t know if he will play for Arsenal. We all know he had to fight with Callum Wilson for the national team with England.” [Ivan] Toney, Ollie Watkins, Tammy Abraham, Harry Kane.
“He was great in the league. He’s a good nine. Now he has to find a team to play for next year, that’s very important.”
Balogun has been linked with a permanent move after reportedly telling the Gunners he was “opposed” to returning to the club on loan.
AC Milan are believed to be interested in the striker but Arsenal could ask a £26.5million transfer fee to let him go.
Balogun is also said to have attracted interest from RB Leipzig and the Gooners are divided on whether to sell him.
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One fan who wanted to keep him said: “The thought of Balogun being sold still worries me deeply. He gives me the vibe like he’s the man.”
A second added approvingly: “If it comes down to Balogun going and looking for more playing time I’d prefer he stayed and got a chance against Nketiah who can be sold and put the money elsewhere.”
But another shared a contrary view, writing: “The most ambitious move of all this summer would be to sell Eddie and Balogun and get a first choice number 9. Osimhen would be perfect.”
Another commented, “If it were me I would sell Eddie.” [Nketiah] and Balogun and use that money for Dusan Vlahovic/Ivan Toney.