Former Arsenal man Benik Afobe has urged Folarin Balogun to look at opportunities elsewhere this summer on the Beautiful Game Podcast.
Afobe, who is currently on loan at Trabzonspor from Bristol City, left the Gunners on a permanent deal in 2015 to join Wolves having risen up through the youth ranks with the London club.
Balogun is out of contract in the summer and is no closer to agreeing a new deal with Mikel Arteta’s side.
The youngster has been a target for Championship outfit Brentford and the London club were linked in the summer transfer window, according to Sky Sports.
Afobe believes Balogun should do what he did and leave Arsenal: “I think it’s the right decision for him to leave. The captain (Aubameyang) is a number nine, the other number nine is top goalscorer this season, Lacazette, and Eddie Nketiah is a couple of years older than him and has also done well.
“If you want to keep waiting for your chance, before you know it you’re 23, and teams, managers will start picking up players who are more experienced in the Championship, who have 100 appearances to their name, instead of the guy from Arsenal who has played for England Under-19’s.”
Balogun has made six first-team appearances for Arsenal in all competitions this season and has scored twice in the Europa League. However, he may fancy his chances of getting more game time elsewhere.
The New York-born attacker has risen up through the youth ranks of the Gunners and signed his first professional contract in 2019. He has mainly been used in their youth sides so far in his career.
The England Under-20 international’s future at the Emirates Stadium continues to hang in the balance. Brentford have been linked and it will be interesting to see if they battle it out to sign him this summer.