Balogun talks reveals Arteta recommendation earlier than Reims transfer


Folarin Balogun has revealed a chat with Arteta was one of many influencing components behind his mortgage transfer to Reims in France.


Folarin Balogun says he opted to affix Ligue 1 aspect Reims in response to a ‘challenge’ from Mikel Arteta,  who urged him to ‘develop as a man’ this season.

The arrival of Gabriel Jesus and the presence of Eddie Nketiah solely noticed the teenager drop additional down the pecking order at Arsenal and it was obvious a call needed to be made.

In search of standard gametime, Balogun did get offers from a number of Premier League sides however selected to take the troublesome route of an journey in France, which isn’t often frequent for younger gamers who’ve plied their commerce in England from the onset.

So far, Balogun has hit the bottom operating five goals in six league starts and has been named one of many revelations of Ligue 1.

Thierry Henry just lately praised the teenager’s boldness to maneuver to France, saying he was happy together with his mindset: “When I heard he was coming to France, it made me suppose he has a refreshing mindset.

Now on worldwide responsibility with the Young Lions, Balogun mirrored on how life in France has been to this point in addition to a chat with Mikel Arteta earlier than he made up his thoughts on the mortgage transfer.


Speaking on life in France to this point, he said: “I think it’s very important to just throw yourself in at the deep end, as I’m trying to do, and hopefully I don’t drown,” mentioned the 21-year-old.”

“Pretty much every training session there’s something I’m confused about so I’ve got to ask a lot of questions, I’ve got to pick up on key words and that’s how I’m learning the language at the moment.”

“Just asking questions and, if I’m not sure on something, trying to remember phrases I’ve heard before. If you sit on the edge, it will take longer to understand things. I’m still learning the language. I’m going to be learning it for a long time.”

“It’s difficult but I’m trying my best to integrate myself with everyone. The (French) lessons are once a week for an hour. I tried to do a bit longer but it started to give me a headache.”

“You actually need it a lot, because there are maybe only three English speaking people at the club. The players just speak French. There’s a few times I’m asking for simple things like, ‘can you pass me that water?’ and he’s looking at me thinking, ‘what are you saying?”

“So you definitely need to learn the language. It helps me mature a lot because you’re just fending for yourself.”

Balogun additionally opened up on a dialog he had with Arteta earlier than he moved to France. He added:

Before I moved, Mikel (Arteta) just wanted me to develop as a man. It was kind of like an open answer and it was for me to interpret what me meant by ‘develop as a man’.”

“By moving abroad, I’m starting to learn what he meant by that. It doesn’t just mean on the pitch but also off the pitch. I think by the time I go back I’ll be in a better place to compete than I was before I left.”


Though it was a daring resolution from the teenager, it has paid off properly for all events concerned. Regular minutes will do him a lot good for his growth and hopefully, he can change into of age very quickly to problem for a beginning berth on the Emirates.

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