The uncertainty surrounding Folarin Balogun’s future has been a persistent theme throughout the transfer window and now, as the deadline approaches, we are seemingly no closer to knowing whether the striker will stay at the club.
There has been a notable change of late, however, with Balogun having trained with Mikel Arteta’s first-team squad twice during the past couple of weeks, having previously been left out of involvement with the senior side.
Balogun has still yet to commit to a new contract and there is still a little while to wait to see whether he will be at Arsenal for the first half of the season at least, with the domestic transfer window not closing until October 16th.
The fact that the 19-year-old is now training with the first-team is at least a step in the right direction, and if he does stay it is hoped that Balogun could perhaps be involved in the Europa League, especially with twelve players now permitted to be named as substitutes in that competition.
At times in the early weeks of the campaign Balogun has appeared a little distracted by his situation, but if he remains at the club once the deadline passes he should be rather more focused and ready to make a major impact at that level.
The ideal situation would have been for Balogun to sign a new deal and head out on loan, but there is still an anxious wait to see whether he will remain.