According to 90min, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is considering recalling Folarin Balogun from his loan spell at Reims after star striker Gabriel Jesus suffered an injury while representing Brazil at the 2022 Qatar World Cup. Jesus suffered the injury while participating in international duty with Brazil at the tournament.
Arsenal is weighing whether or not to recall Folarin Balogun from Reims.
According to the rumor, Arsenal has the option to bring back the 21-year-old striker during the transfer window that occurs in the month of January.
The Gunners have mulled over the possibility of reintroducing the young player to the first team after bringing him back to the Emirates Stadium in the middle of the current campaign.
Because Jesus sustained a knee injury while playing for Brazil in the World Cup and required surgery, this came about.
The former Manchester City striker may now spend the next three months on the sidelines due to his injury.
According to the report, Arsenal are reportedly open to bringing him back to the club and have not ruled out the possibility, despite the fact that “there is a reluctance to disrupt the England youth international’s progress” at Reims.
What course of action should the Gunners take?
We believe that Arsenal would be making a mistake if they decided to recall Folarin Balogun from his loan at Reims.
If Arteta did not believe that the 21-year-old player was ready to play for the first team in August 2022, then a few months of playing in France will not have made him ready to start for the Gunners in the Premier League.
Eddie Nketiah is now set to lead the line for Arsenal in the absence of Jesus, and if Balogun came back – who Arteta rated as “amazing” on Arsenal’s official website in January 2022 – then he would just be warming the bench at the Emirates Stadium. Jesus is now out with a knee injury.
In what ways will this contribute to the youngster’s growth and development?