Mikel Arteta is trying to convince Folarin Balogun that his future is at Arsenal. However, the boss has admitted that it will require more game time which is quite difficult at the moment.
The young forward has been involved in first team training for a while now despite rumors of a pre-contract with other clubs.
The boss was asked if the youngster was getting limited chances as a result of the rumours, he said: “If anything, regarding his contractual situation with the club, I just want to convince him that he has a future at the club. I’m not sending the opposite message.
“Before, he wasn’t training with the first team. We changed that. He’s been training with us a lot, he’s improving every single day, he’s showing a real hunger and desire to be with us.
“We’re trying to get something done. We want him to stay. We’re going step-by-step and he’s made some big steps in the last few months. He wasn’t even training and then he’s had a few good games for us. The steps are there in every way. We’re trying to keep him.”
When asked why the striker didn’t make FA cup lineup:
“Because of the competition we have in some positions, there are other players who’ve not had many minutes and they played in the FA Cup. It takes time.
“We have to respect that pathway. Eddie [Nketiah] as well is not playing a lot recently as well. He is in front of him at the moment. We have to be calm and respectful.”