Mikel Arteta, a struggling Arsenal midfielder, has been told to leave in January.
One of Arsenal’s players may leave the club during the January transfer window.
Former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell believes Folarin Balogun should demand a loan move away from the club in the January transfer window to further his development.
Balogun has been a standout performer for Arsenal’s Under-23 side this season, but he has been frustrated by Mikel Arteta’s refusal to give him first-team opportunities.
The 20-year-old was on the verge of leaving the club earlier this year when his contract expired, but the club persuaded him to sign a new four-year contract in April.
Due to an injury crisis, he started Arsenal’s first game of the season against Brentford, but has only appeared twice since then as a substitute.
Balogun has 11 goals for Arsenal’s Under-23s in just ten games this season, according to The Sun, and has caught the attention of new Middlesbrough manager Chris Wilder ahead of the January transfer window.
After scoring his first goal for England U21s in a 3-1 win over the Czech Republic last week, the young striker stated that he was looking for a “new challenge,” which he believes he will find at Middlesbrough.
Kevin Campbell told Football Insider, “I’m sure Balogun will go out on loan.”
“A transfer to Middlesbrough would be beneficial to all parties involved.”
Wilder wanted to loan him out when he was at Sheffield United.
Wilder, of course, is no longer a member of the club.
“Balogun is in desperate need of some playing time.
He needs to be playing first-team football and learning his trade.
“To be honest, Under-23 and Under-21 football isn’t really men’s football.”
He needs to be in a situation where he is competing against other men.
“He needs to be beaten up a little and learn what he can and can’t do.”
Only experienced players will be able to put his skills to the test.
Middlesbrough, I believe, would be an excellent fit for him.”
This season, Balogun has fallen behind Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, and Eddie Nketiah in Arsenal’s pecking order.
Arteta is happy with his current first XI, despite the team’s recent success, with a 10-game unbeaten run.
And his recent remarks indicate that he is becoming increasingly frustrated with his situation.
“I’ve played youth football for a little while, and I’ve obviously scored a lot of goals at that level, and I’ve drastically improved from where I started,” Balogun said.
“Yes, I do.”
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