The Folarin Balogun contract saga continues to rumble on.
The 19-year-old forward is currently set to leave Arsenal on a free transfer this summer after failing to agree a contract extension beyond the end of this season.
This is despite the fact that he has continued to excel at under-23 level scoring seven goals in 14 Premier League 2 appearances for Steve Bould‘s side, while also seizing his opportunity at senior level, averaging a goal every 31 minutes in the Europa League this season despite not starting a game.
Speaking ahead of the Gunners trip to Burnley on Saturday Mikel Arteta admitted that he was still confident of keeping the young striker.
“I am pretty positive about it,” he said. “Every time I spoke to him he mentioned the same thing that he’s determined to stay here that he wants to stay here.
“We had some really positive conversations with his agent as well.”
But as things stand there is no agreement in place yet and football.london understands that the player has several offers both in England and from abroad.
It currently looks as though Balogun will be leaving the club but it appears that he is not the only youngster set to depart this summer.
football.london understands that four other Arsenal under-23 players will be leaving the club at the end of this season.
The first on that list is Ben Sheaf who has been with the club since 2014 and previously drew praise from Arsene Wenger for being “always ahead of the game.”
Sheaf is currently on loan at Championship club Coventry City, with manager Mark Robbins having revealed that there is an “obligation” for the Sky Blues to buy once his temporary spell ends there in the summer.
“If certain criteria are met it’s an obligation to buy,” Robins told CoventryLive in September.
“So it’s not an option to buy, more an obligation and I think he’s an outstanding young talent and we’re in a position to sign him at the end of this season”
Nineteen-year-old goalkeeper Arthur Okonkwo is also set to leave as things stand.
Okonkwo has trained with the first team on occasion this season, but with fellow under-23 goalkeeper Karl Hein having been named among the substitutes for both Europa League ties against Benfica it seems at though Okonkwo will leave the Gunners when his contract expires in the summer.
Centre back Joseph Olowu will also be on his way when his deal runs out at the end of this season.
The 21-year-old is currently on loan at Wealdstone, but football.london understands his association with Arsenal will come to a close once that spell ends.
Another youngster who is currently set to leave is Kido Taylor-Hart.
The 18-year-old has turned heads this season with a string of impressive displays at under-18 level where he has six goals and four assists in nine appearances.
Despite his young age Taylor-Hart has also broken into Steve Bould’s under-23 side this season and even replaced Gabriel Martinelli during a Papa John’s Trophy tie against AFC Wimbledon.
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Despite this promising form though football.london understands that the winger is still yet to have been offered a professional deal and will leave Arsenal when the season ends as things stand.
Zech Medley‘s contract is also expiring in the summer once his loan spell at Kilmarnock ends. However, the Gunners have an option to extend the deal of the 20-year-old for an extra year.
The club have the intention of doing this and have done since his temporary move north of the border was sealed on deadline day of the January transfer window.