Mikel Arteta and Arsenal told exciting star ‘will thrive in Premier League’ after stunning 17-goal season


England Under 21s boss Lee Carsley believes that ARSENAL sensation Florian Balogun would thrive in the Premier League.

It was his failure to get a minute of action during the Gunners’ summer tour to the USA which convinced the ambitious England Under-21 international to prove himself on the other side of the Channel.

And the 21-year-old striker is currently challenging Kylian Mbappe for Ligue 1’s Golden Boot after joining unfancied Stade de Reims on loan for the season, with the French superstar and Lille’s Canadian World Cup star Jonathan David have currently scored more than Balogun’s 17 goals in the French League this season.

He has made just two senior starts for Arsenal after coming through the ranks at the Gunners but England Under 21s boss Lee Carsley feels he just needs a chance in the Premier League.

“Is he ready for the Premier League? It’s definitely a different level. I’ve been watching quite a lot of (Ligue 1) this season because of the three lads that we’ve got there,” he said.

“Physically, it’s very similar. There’s a lot of athletic, very, very strong players there and he’s done well. Who knows? I think given the opportunity I’m sure he would do very well.”

The young man has opened up and admitted that he is keen to show Arsenal that he is no flash in the pan, and that he still has dreams to one day break into that Gunners first team – He says:

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“No one would have expected this when I first came to Reims, but to be in this position now is amazing and I need to continue it.

“The more you achieve certain things, the more questions you face. Is it something I can do regularly or is it a fluke?

“So I’m pretty focused and determined to show people that this is not a blip and that scoring goals is something I can do consistently.

“A lot of people might forget that I’m still an Arsenal player but it’s still one of my dreams to play in their first team.”

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