Arsenal have had a serious problem when it comes to scoring goals this season, so it’s no surprise to hear they’re planning a bit of a shake-up up top.
Indeed, the Gunners have scored fewer goals than any other team in the top half of the table.
Therefore, it’s not too much of a shock to hear that two of their number nines may be set to depart the club this summer with reports emerging stating that both Eddie Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette will leave the club at the end of the season.
Whether or not letting Lacazette and Nketiah go is up for debate, but one thing is for sure, Folarin Balogun has every right to be fuming with this update.
The young striker has been crying out to get a chance in the first team, and to be honest, he’s probably deserved more of a run.
This is a player who has scored 60 goals in 91 appearances for Arsenal at U18, U23 and senior level, and his scoring record when he has played for the first-team has been second-to-none, netting twice in just 74 minutes of action this term.
So, if Arsenal don’t fancy Nketiah and Lacazette and they’re both heading out this summer, why has Balogun not been given more of a chance?
That’s a question that seemingly doesn’t have a logical answer. Yes, Lacazette and Nketiah are more senior players and they have a greater wealth of experience, but what good has that done this term? We’ve seen the likes of Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka almost single-handedly carry the club at times this season, so surely Balogun should have been given at least a chance.
Rumours that Arsenal now plan on selling Nketiah and Lacazette is a real kick in the teeth for a young player who has done nothing but show how talented he is in the youth ranks.
If Nketiah and Lacazette aren’t rated that highly by the higher-ups at the Emirates, Balogun should have been given a chance, but for one reason or another, it hasn’t worked out that way and the 19-year-old has every right to feel aggrieved by this situation.