Arsenal have the choice to recall 21-year-old striker Folarin Balogun from his mortgage with Stade Reims and have mentioned the concept of doing so in January, 90min understands.
Balogun moved to France in the summertime and has loved a sensational season to this point, racking up eight objectives in 15 video games for the mid-table facet and sitting in joint-fifth in Ligue 1’s scoring charts – one objective forward of Lionel Messi.
In the meantime, again at Arsenal, summer season signing Gabriel Jesus additionally impressed within the first half of the marketing campaign, however considerations over the harm he picked up through the World Cup have compelled the Gunners to think about all choices.
Jesus suffered a knee challenge within the group stage defeat to Cameroon and, after being dominated out for the rest of the match, has returned to London for additional checks on the harm to find out simply how lengthy he might be out for.
With the severity of Jesus’ drawback not but clear, sources have confirmed to 90min that Arsenal haven’t dominated out recalling Balogun from his mortgage spell with Reims.
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Eddie Nketiah is the one pure various to Jesus in Mikel Arteta’s present squad and there are fears that Arsenal will want extra depth if Jesus is dominated out for a major interval and they’re to proceed to compete for Premier League, Europa League and FA Cup glory.
Recalling Balogun can be the only possibility obtainable to Arsenal. There’s a clause in his settlement with Reims that enables the Gunners to take action however 90min understands that there’s a reluctance to disrupt the England youth worldwide’s progress.
Balogun is an undisputed starter for Reims and has clearly developed his sport throughout his time in France, and whether or not Arsenal actually must convey his mortgage to an abrupt finish has been mentioned on the Emirates.
Arsenal will await the outcomes of the checks on Jesus’ harm earlier than making a ultimate resolution, with recalling Balogun simply one in every of a number of choices on the desk.