“This is now the right and perfect time for me to speak out and address the public about the issue because i feel Arsenal fans deserve to know some of the things that happened behind the camera”- Folarin Balogun uncovers the underlying truth, as well as what Mikel Arteta told him before leaving Arsenal.
Folarin Balogun has revealed what Mikel Arteta told him before leaving Arsenal.
Folarin Balogun has now spoken about his summer exit from Arsenal and his final chats with Mikel Arteta.
Balogun reported to ESPN that Arteta initially didn’t say much when he returned from Stade Reims.
Then, according to Balogun, it became evident that a choice would be made by those at the top of the Arsenal hierarchy.
“He didn’t really say much, he just said that when I came back, he just said well done, and he encouraged me to keep going,” Balogun explained.
“Then, coming back in a preseason, it was just about seeing if I fit into his plans and if I could continue to play some games.”
“He said he’d do everything he could to get me involved.”
“Of course, he also told me that people higher up were making decisions about me and determining what was best for me.”
“So the conversations between me and him were good, but it was more about the club, what they wanted to do.”
Balogun claims that when he left Arsenal, he had an excellent relationship with Arteta.
Of course, Arsenal fans must think that Arteta was present during such discussions with Edu Gasper and others.
According to Balogun’s comments, Arsenal made their decision quite early in the summer.
Gabriel Jesus and Eddie Nketiah were never going to be easy to replace, and neither was seriously connected with a move.
Furthermore, given that Balogun was also unwilling to accept a supporting position, Arteta and Arsenal’s decision appeared straightforward.
Whether Arsenal will live to rue Balogun’s departure is another story completely.
Some commentators have recently questioned whether the club should have sought a replacement for Eddie Nketiah.
Following his recent performance, Nketiah has received some criticism.
After the City game, Ian Wright suggested that Kai Havertz might be a stronger focal point for the team.