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 mentioned he had no given up hope of retaining Balogun on the Emirates.
“If something – concerning his contractual scenario with the membership – I simply needed to persuade him that he has a future on the membership, not ship him the other message,” the Spaniard mentioned.
“Earlier than he wasn’t coaching with the primary staff, we modified that and he’s been coaching with us lots.
“He’s enhancing each single day, he’s displaying an actual starvation and determined to be with us. We’re attempting to get one thing completed as a result of we would like him to remain and we now have to go step-by-step.
“I believe he’s made some massive 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 approach and we wish to attempt to maintain him.”
Arteta gained’t have been pleased with the timing of Balogun’s refined message to him although – with the teen tweeting footage of him scoring for the membership’s Underneath-23s in opposition to Brighton on Friday simply minutes after the membership’s defeat at Saints.
Balogun grabbed an excellent hat-trick in opposition to the Seagulls, and whereas that type of type would little doubt have alerted Arteta – such a social media conduct actually wouldn’t have gone down nicely.