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Arsenal’s promising academy striker Folarin Balogun makes decision on his future

Balogun is one of the rising stars in Arsenal’s academy (Picture: Getty Images)

Arsenal’s highly-rated academy star Folarin Balogun has reportedly decided to leave the Emirates this summer after failing to agree a new contract with the club.

Mikel Arteta has gifted plenty of opportunities to talented youngsters at his disposal this season, including Eddie Nketiah, Reiss Nelson, Bukayo Saka, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Joe Willock.

However, despite boasting an excellent goal scoring record at youth level, Balogun is yet to make his first-team debut for the Gunners.

With the 18-year-old’s contract due to expire next summer, the north London club have been attempting to tie him down to a new long-term deal.

But, according to The Athletic, given his limited involvement with the senior squad, Balogun has now made up his mind to move on.

The report states that Arsenal will consider acceptable offers for the youngster in the next transfer window, rather than let him go for free in 12 months.

The Gunners rejected a £5 million offer from Brentford for the 18-year-old in January, while he has also attracted interest from a number of Europe’s top clubs.

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