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Morning all.

Arsenal are on the verge of announcing Folarin Balogun has committed his long term future to Arsenal. Personally I think this is great news but for the club, keeping him is crucial. Ok, he’s young, he’s raw but he’s definitely got talent. Loads of it.

Twitter:

Folarin Balogun has signed his new contract with Arsenal until June 2025, done and completed. He received more than 15 proposals to sign as a free agent – Bayer Leverkusen made the biggest one. Edu Gaspar and Arteta convinced Balogun to stay and sign a new contract. ⚪️🔴 #AFC
(Fabrizio Romano)

Whether Balogun goes on to become a great footballer is something only time will tell but that fact he wants to stay says a lot more. Money aside, he clearly believes in the direction the club is going and he believes in the management/coaching team Arsenal have in place.

Had he have left, and I know nothing is official yet, but it would have been negative for the club. ‘Arsenal can’t even keep hold of young talent’ or headlines of a similar nature would have soon been across the Internet because who other than an Arsenal fan doesn’t love a negative Arsenal headline?

Also, do Arsenal want a reputation of letting their young stars go? Southampton did that and whilst selling younger players for vast money can sometimes help a club move forward, Balogun could and would have walked away in a few months for nothing. If he’s signed up until 2025 as is suggested, Arsenal have a footballer who could either prove to be fantastic and have a great career with the club he’s been at for over ten years, or he’ll have a financial value.

Good news seems to be the theme of the day as both ESR and Saka have been passed fit for tomorrow’s fixture in Prague. Aubameyang and Odegaard are being assessed which often means they won’t be fit.

Talking of Odegaard, his goal from 25 yards against Olympiacos in Athens  won the vote for goal of the month in March. That was always going to be wasn’t it? Either his of Elneny’s. His came second and in third place was Vivianne Medema’s superb volley in a north London derby victory against Toots.

Any goal against that lot is worth celebrating.

See you in the comments.