Folarin Balogun wants to extend his contract at Arsenal, according to Mikel Arteta.
After a lengthy contract standoff that nearly led to the 19-year-old leaving the club in the summer, the Spaniard has gradually integrated the striker into his first team setup in recent weeks.
Three appearances substitute appearances in the Europa League have already yielded two goals; the latest of which helped the Gunners to a 4-2 win against Dundalk in Dublin this evening.
After the match, the boss was asked if any further progress had been made in negotiations with the Academy graduate.
“We are having some discussions with the player,” he said. “He knows we want to retain him at the club.
“We know the length of his contract at the moment is an issue but we are trying to resolve it in the best possible way.
“We want him to stay and he told me he wants to stay at the club so hopefully we can reach an agreement and extend his contract.”
On the youngster’s performance this evening, he added: “Yes, he’s done really well. Every minute he’s been on the field, he’s been superb. Today he looked a threat again, he scored a goal, he set up another one and he looked really lively and mature.”