Folarin Balogun completes a season-long mortgage to Stade Reims

Arsenal have confirmed the departure of younger striker Folarin Balogun on a season-long mortgage to Ligue 1 facet Stade Reims.

The 21-year-old Gunners academy graduate got here near leaving the membership completely final summer time when his contract was set to run out, however ended up signing a long-term deal to decide to Arsenal till 2025.

Seen as a participant with actual potential for the long run, Balogun managed simply two Premier League appearances in the primary half of final season earlier than heading out on mortgage to Middlesbrough, the place he scored three objectives in 9 Championship begins.

The subsequent step in his growth will see Balogun head to France with Reims, who’ve confirmed his arrival on a 12-month mortgage.

Reims are searching for a brand new beginning striker after they misplaced teen Hugo Ekitike to Paris Saint-Germain. The 20-year-old, who scored ten objectives in 24 video games final yr, moved to Paris on mortgage with a view to a everlasting deal.

As for Arsenal, Gabriel Jesus has loved a red-hot begin to life on the Emirates in pre-season and can proceed to steer the road for Mikel Arteta’s facet, with Eddie Nketiah as backup.

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