How Arsenal youngster Folarin Balogun could change Mikel Arteta's plans – and save them £80m

Arsenal star and Reims' English forward Folarin Balogun celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the French L1 football match between Stade de Reims and AJ Auxerre at Stade Auguste-Delaune in Reims, northern France on October 23, 2022.
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When Arsenal sent Folarin Balogun on loan to Stade Reims, few eyebrows were raised. The forward had only one start under his belts for the Gunners – and only that came due to a striking crisis that left Mikel Arteta without his first three options.

His loan spell couldn't be going any better. He's scored 14 goals in his first 20 Ligue 1 appearances under English boss Will Still – that's more than Kylian Mbappe and over half of Reims' goals altogether. He's netted a last-minute winner against PSG, a hat-trick against Lorient and with three nations vying for his citizenship, he might have big decisions to make at both club and international level. 

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Mark White
Content Editor

Mark White is the Digital Content Editor at FourFourTwo. During his time on the brand, Mark has written three cover features on Mikel Arteta, Martin Odegaard and the Invincibles, and has written pieces on subjects ranging from Sir Bobby Robson’s time at Barcelona to the career of Robinho. An encyclopedia of football trivia and collector of shirts, he first joined the team back in 2020 as a staff writer.