The January transfer window is approaching and Folarin Balogun is headed by a group of superstars who should use the market as an opportunity to leave Arsenal on loan and impress Mikel Arteta.
Balogun filled the first team role this term, but the chances of establishing himself in the first team were slim. Instead, the 20-year-old has continued to shine a light on the academy arena, but he has crossed that level and now needs to take the next step in his career.
Arteta faces a tough call if or when Arsenal grant Balugan a loan. He is also not the only player on the Spanish side who needs regular minutes to develop.
Arsenal grants Balogun January loan transfer?
Lagoon has enjoyed another exciting season at Arsenal’s Under-23 squad under new coach Kevin Betsy this season. The Gunners development team was offered a set of goals and a leading character. However, his efforts at the youth level had not carried over to the ranks of the seniors yet.
Arteta switched to the striker during August as Arsenal opened the season without Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or Alexandre Lacazette. The pair tested positive for Covid-19, which led to them being ruled out of North London’s opening Premier League defeat against Brentford.
But Balogun failed to seize his chance, as Bees stifled Arsenal’s creativity and left the striker hungry for service. Aubameyang and Lacazette then left Balogne in the cold and relied on Betsy for minutes at youth level.
football.london reports that Arsenal have received a flurry of calls from clubs looking to sign Balogun on loan. Athletic also reported that Arsenal will be granted a temporary transfer, but the uncertain future of Lacazette and Eddie Nketea could delay his departure.
Both Lacazette and Nketiah’s contracts expired at the end of the season, and either their departure in January could open the door to Balogun’s big break. Arteta Aubameyang will also lose in January at the Africa Cup of Nations, making Balogun’s situation even more volatile.
Heine must leave Emirates Airline to claim contribution as Ramsdale’s deputy
Karl Hein is another potential Arsenal player on Arteta’s fringes and could use the January window as an opportunity to impress him. He joined the Gunners in 2018 and seemed to be on the cusp of major progress last season.
Arteta put the goalkeeper in his plans as a third option for a Europa League match with Benfica in February. He failed to make the arc, but signed a new long-term contract in September on the back of his uncompetitive debut during pre-season.
Arsenal also invested in their goalkeeper division over the summer with the arrival of Aaron Ramsdale. The former Sheffield United goalkeeper has since become Arteta’s first choice, raising doubts about Bernd Leno’s future in the capital.
The Athletic reports that Arteta has no intention of selling Leno in January, so it could look to loan Hein instead. A temporary move away from the Emirates would give the 19-year-old a first chance to play regular first-team matches and prove he could be Ramsdale’s deputy.
Martinelli follows Maitland-Niles’ lead and leaves Arsenal on loan in January
Gabriel Martinelli spent much of his time as a spectator during Arsenal’s games ahead of the January transfer window. Brazilian Arteta has shown what he can do in place of Bukayo Saka at Manchester United, but he is far from being the first name on his team’s card.
Instead, Martinelli found Saka and Emile Smith Rowe minutes ahead of him on either wing. Aubameyang also continues to remain as Arteta’s first striker despite his level.
Therefore, Martinelli could look to secure a loan move away from Arsenal in January and follow in Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ footsteps. The Englishman left North London on loan last January to prove himself and returned this season to a bigger role.
Arteta had never considered Maitland-Niles a major figure or an option for his midfield core prior to a spell at West Bromwich Albion. But it has given the 24-year-old more chances since then and set an example that Martinelli may now want to follow.
In other news, Arsenal are in talks to sell a sought-after product, and are open to joining their former opponent