Arsenal wonderkid Folarin Balogun despatched Mikel Arteta a well timed reminder of his qualities because the FA Cup holders crashed out of the competitors at Southampton on Saturday.
The 19-year-old ahead has entered the ultimate six months of his present deal and is but to agree a brand new contract with the membership.
The Gunners have made it clear they wish to maintain the starlet, who has attracted curiosity from all throughout Europe.
Talking on Friday, Arteta stated he had no given up hope of conserving Balogun on the Emirates.
“If something – relating to his contractual state of affairs with the membership – I simply needed to persuade him that he has a future on the membership, not ship him the alternative message,” the Spaniard stated.
“Earlier than he wasn’t coaching with the primary workforce, we modified that and he’s been coaching with us lots.
“He’s bettering each single day, he’s exhibiting an actual starvation and determined to be with us. We’re making an attempt to get one thing carried out as a result of we wish him to remain and now we have to go step-by-step.
“I believe he’s made some huge steps in the previous couple of months, the place he wasn’t even coaching after which he had a number of good video games for us.
“So the steps are there in each method and we wish to attempt to maintain him.”
Arteta received’t have been proud of the timing of Balogun’s refined message to him although – with the teenager tweeting footage of him scoring for the membership’s Beneath-23s towards Brighton on Friday simply minutes after the membership’s defeat at Saints.
Balogun grabbed a superb hat-trick towards the Seagulls, and whereas that type of kind would little doubt have alerted Arteta – this sort of social media conduct actually wouldn’t have gone down effectively.