Here are your Arsenal morning headlines for Tuesday, April 13.
Balogun finds the net
Folarin Balogun has only made five appearances for Arsenal at first team level, but the 19-year-old striker is one of the most talked about players among the Gunners’ fan base, with Balogun tipped for a bright future after shining in the club’s academy in recent seasons.
Balogun has been prolific at various age groups at Arsenal and his form has not gone unnoticed, with the teenager attracting attention from clubs across the Premier League and across Europe as speculation has intensified over his future.
Interest in his signature has been heightened in recent months with his current deal in north London set to expire in less than three months’ time, allowing him to enter into negotiations with any of Arsenal’s rivals over a new deal.
And Arsenal fans are getting excited after seeing Balogun get on the scoresheet again for the Gunners’ U23 side this evening against Derby County in a 3-2 win for his side.
Balogun’s goal was the second on the night for Arsenal, drawing the Gunners level for a second time in the game after Kido Taylor-Hart’s strike, before an own goal from Derby’s Joseph Bateman saw the Gunners emerge victorious.
It was an important win for the Gunners in Premier League 2, with Arsenal staying in tenth place in the table, but moving seven points clear of West Ham and Leicester City near the bottom of the division.
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Lingard price tag
Jesse Lingard is reportedly on Arsenal’s radar ahead of the summer transfer window.
Attacking midfield is an area in which Gunners manager Mikel Arteta will be looking to bolster before the 2021/22 season, with Martin Odegaard the first-choice target.
The Norway international has impressed since joining on loan from Real Madrid in the January transfer window, but as things stand, he will be returning to Spain at the end of the season.
It remains to seen whether Arsenal can reach an agreement with Los Blancos regarding a permanent deal for Odegaard, although it would appear that back-up plans have been made.
The Gunners would face strong competition for the 28-year-old’s signature from London rivals West Ham United, for whom the midfielder has scored eight goals in nine Premier League appearances since sealing a loan move from Manchester United.
However, no option to buy was included in the £3million loan agreement.
Furthermore, Lingard is out of contract at Old Trafford at the end of next season, which means a decision regarding his future is likely to be made this summer.
And it seems a bid of £30m could be enough to tempt United into a summer deal.
That’s according to the Mirror as the Red Devils appear to have changed their minds on Lingard’s price-tag.
Martinelli fit and ready
Arsenal star Gabriel Martinelli has declared himself fit and ready to face Slavia Prague on Thursday.
But on Sunday night, he was handed his first Premier League start since late January as the Gunners saw off strugglers Sheffield United with a 3-0 win.
The winger did not disappoint either, scoring in the win over the Blades, his first goal of the season in what was his 13th appearance across all competitions.
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After playing 83 minutes against the Blades before coming off for Mohamed Elneny, there may have been questions over whether Martinelli will be able to play on Thursday night when Arsenal face Slavia Prague in their Europa League quarter-finals second leg.
But the 19-year-old has already declared himself fit, telling the official website: “I am feeling a bit tired but I’m so happy with the goal and even happier with the victory and the three points.
“I work every single day in training, you need to prepare yourself because when Mikel [Arteta] needs you, you need to be there to play and show something.”
Asked about whether he had an injury, he replied: “No, I am alright to play on Thursday.”