Transfer window: Folarin Balogun opens up on Arsenal exit
Mikel Arteta has let top England Under-21 striker, Folarin Balogun move to Middlebrough on loan and the 20-year-old was upset not to get more of a chance this season.
Flo Balogun has insisted he will return to Arsenal a better player and be ready to challenge for Mikel Arteta’s first team.
The prolific England U21 and Arsenal youth team striker has joined Chris Wilder’s promotion charge at Middlesbrough.
Balogun has spoken of his regret and frustration at not taking his big Arsenal chance this season, and getting more first-team action.
He started in their season-opening defeat against Brentford but was subbed after 60 minutes.
The 20-year-old has been desperate to test himself in senior football after scoring for fun in the Gunners’ U23 side.
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Even when Arsenal skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was dropped recently, Balogun was not thrown into top flight action, making his last start in the Carabao Cup win over Sunderland.
He is determined to be part of a winning Boro team, and help their push to be in the Championship promotion play offs.
Balogun said: “We lost the first game of the season and I wanted to put it right. You don’t get that chance in first team football all the time. I was upset and frustrated but had to be ready to go again.