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Folarin Balogun makes Arsenal transfer demand after scoring first USA goal

Folarin Balogun makes Arsenal transfer demand after scoring first USA goal

He's made his opinion clear.

Arsenal striker Folarin Balogun has created a potential problem for Mikel Arteta just days after the transfer window opened for English clubs.

Balogun, 21, is set to return to Arsenal this summer after a hugely successful loan spell at French club Reims, where he scored 22 goals in 39 matches.

His stock rose higher on Monday when he scored his first goal for the United States in a 2-0 win over Canada in the final of the CONCACAF Nations League.

Balogun, who switched his national allegiance from England to the USA last month, opened his account in international football with a clinical strike – winning a trophy in only his second game for his nation.

Balogun is now set to go on holiday before returning to Arsenal ahead of the 2023/24 campaign.

But there is uncertainty over Balogun's long-term future at the Emirates, with Gabriel Jesus, Eddie Nketiah and Leandro Trossard seemingly ahead of him in the pecking order.

Balogun makes Arsenal transfer demand

Arsenal and Arteta are yet to make a final decision over Balogun but the striker has already ruled out one thing happening this summer.

"What I can say is that I definitely won't go on loan again," he said.

"I'm not sure (about) the discussions that are going to take place, I'm not sure what's going to happen.

"But I'm just committed to now, I try to stay present. I obviously want to enjoy the moment with my team and my family."

Balogun's comments create a potential problem for Arsenal and Arteta, who must now decide whether to keep the striker or sell him this summer.

With the Gunners well stacked in attack, it could be the latter that is the most realistic option.

The Daily Mail reported last month that Arsenal could be willing to sell Balogun for £30m.

Italian giants AC Milan are said to be interested in the striker, while Napoli and RB Leipzig have also been linked with the forward.

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Topics: Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Transfers, USA