Arsenal aware striker ‘must be challenged’ – Player set for January loan

Arsenal are aware that their youngster Folarin Balogun “must be challenged” as they will allow him to go out on loan in January, according to reports.

The 20-year-old came through Arsenal’s academy and he made his debut during the 2020/21 campaign.

Balogun scored his first senior goal in the Europa League last November and he has played three times so far this term.

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The attacker has featured more prominently for their U23 side. He has been involved in 17 goals from just ten outings in Premier League 2.

Last week it was reported that Middlesbrough and Swansea City were among the sides interested in Balogun.

The Athletic are now reporting that Arsenal will let him leave the club on loan during the winter transfer window.

They add that: “Arsenal recognise Balogun must be challenged at a higher level after his exploits so far this season.

“Ensuring he is exposed to the right environment, team and league will be taken into consideration when deciding his loan destination.”

Elsewhere, Aaron Ramsdale joined Arsenal during the summer for around £30m. This deal was criticised at the time by fans and pundits.

But the goalkeeper has shone this term and he has now spoken on the “abuse” he was getting:

“I saw the backlash,” Ramsdale told The Times. “That’s when I made the decision to turn comments off, notifications off for people I don’t follow on Instagram and Twitter. People can tag me but I won’t see it, so it won’t come up on my feed.

“When people were saying I was getting a lot of stick and abuse, I said, ‘Am I?’ Because I didn’t really know and I didn’t really care because, yes, I’ve been relegated twice but the way I looked at it was two years of completely different experiences to other people at 23 [years old]. It’s me and ten other people on the pitch.”

On his aspirations with the Three Lions, Ramsdale added: “I have the belief, but it’s whether I believe I can do it in that time.

“Jordan has been absolutely outstanding. It’s going to take a lot to get in front of him.

“It’s a long way away and anything can happen, but keep playing for Arsenal, keep doing well. Hopefully, I can be in with a shout and see what happens. I’d be very happy to go, to be honest.”

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