Mikel Arteta’s Folarin Balogun decision shows that Arsenal have broken their transfer promise

With the January window fully underway it’s looking increasingly likely that Folarin Balogun will be leaving Arsenal on a free in the summer.

Mikel Arteta had previously expressed confidence in the Gunners’ ability to keep the player.

“We’re having some discussions with the player he knows we want to retain him at the club” he said after Balogun ‘s goal scoring cameo against Dundalk last month.

“We know that the length of his contract at the moment is an issue, but we’re trying to resolve it in the best possible way.

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“We want him to stay he said to me he wants to stay at the club, so hopefully we can reach an agreement and extend his contract.”

But with reports now suggesting that the Spaniard has changed his mind on the player it seems as though Balogun’s time at Arsenal will be coming to an end very soon.

The player is able to talk to foreign clubs about a pre-contract agreement although understands that negotiations with Stuttgart have broken down.

Swansea and Liverpool are also said to be interest in the youngster who has a goal involvement every 60 minutes in the Europa League this season.

Folarin Balogun’s contract with Arsenal expires this summer

Saturday’s FA Cup tie against Newcastle should be an indicator of whether he has a long-term future at the Emirates or not, with Mikel Arteta set to rotate his squad heavily.

Regardless of whether Balogun does end up signing or not though, the fact that his contract situation has been allowed to get to this stage means that Arsenal’s hierarchy have already broken a key transfer promise they made to the fans.

In the aftermath of Aaron Ramsey ‘s departure to Juventus in the spring of 2019, Raul Sanllehi conducted an interview on the club’s official YouTube channel saying that such a situation would never be allowed to occur again.