The gaffer himself confirms that things are very close to make Balogun’s new contract signing official.
Arteta said that he understood Balogun’s thoughts on his future and convinced him that he’ll be prominently involved in Arsenal’s plans going forward.
When asked about how he convinced Folarin Balogun to sign a new deal, Mikel Arteta said in his press conference: “We are going to make it official when it is official and everything is done, but as I said before, I have always been very positive that he wants to stay at the club.
“We want him to stay at the club. We are very close. First of all, I have just been trying to understand why he got to the point that he was really thinking about leaving the football club after being raised here and the feelings that he has got towards the club.
“Once you understand the position of him, then [you] try to explain what you want to do, how involved he is going to be in the project and how. Then get the full commitment and support from the club, and Edu – who I think has done an incredible job as well.”
Balogun is said to have signed a new 4-year contract at the club after rejecting 15 proposals from different clubs to join them. The youngster is very excited with his contract extension and will have to work hard to find a place in Arsenal’s first team going forward.