Arsenal fan social media reaction to Folarin Balogun transfer saga

Arsenal could lose one of their strikers this summer, with newly returning Folarin Balogun linked with a move to Inter Milan.

The Hale End academy graduate joined the club in 2012, and after a successful season at Reims could be heading to the exit after 11 years. Arsenal fans have had their say on the American’s potential departure. 

A fair valuation? 

The North London club are reported to value the forward at £50m.

In 37 Ligue 1 appearances, the striker netted 21 goals and registered two assists, asserting his dominance in France in a statement to Mikel Arteta to consider him as Arsenal's potential firm leader of the line. Fans have questioned Arsenal’s valuation of the striker. 


Balogun has a place at Arsenal 

The Gunners’ first-choice striker is currently Gabriel Jesus, who signed from Manchester City last summer, while the Brazilian has won the hearts of many due to his workrate.

However, the 26-year-old has failed to net over 14 goals in any of his seven Premier League seasons. The former City menace could see his position threatened by Balogun, should he stay in north London.

It’s not only fans that have backed the United States international to get regular game time at his boyhood club. 


A product of Arsenal’s Hale End academy, Arteta could nurture the talents of the 22-year-old to show the potential for home-grown talent, with the striker being praised by Thierry Henry for his mindset.

Should Arsenal cash in on Balogun?

On the flip side, some fans are supportive of the rumours regarding a potential exit, with not everyone convinced of his antics in France. 

While Ligue 1 is packed with star names, the division has come under scrutiny for its lack of competitiveness, reinforced by UEFA’s updated football rankings. 


Fans have been quick to disregard the scoring streak of Balogun in comparison to former Arsenal players that have found form in France. 

It’s a deal that has sparked debate among fans, where on one hand is an academy graduate wanting a way into the starting 11, and another where a lucrative sum could come Arsenal’s way with his form not guaranteed to translate in the Premier League.