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Per Mertesacker: Balogun Is The Next Arsenal Star

BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 18: Flo Balogun of Arsenal celebrates after the match between Arsenal U18 and Tottenham Hotspur U18 in the FA Youth Cup 4th Round at Meadow Park on January 17, 2019 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Arsenal academy chief Per Mertesacker believes Nigerian-born Folarin Balogun is the next star that will blossom from the Gunners academy.

SportsDayOnline.com reports that although the ex-Gunners defender admits Balogun is likely to go on loan in January to get the experience he needs to succeed at the club, the lad is destined for greatness.

Mertesacker said: “I think the closest, at the moment, to make that step is Flo Balogun.

“He’s transferred in to the first team dressing room.

“He still plays U23’s football and probably most likely will go on loan in January because you need extra exposure to get to that next level so he needs to make that transition.”

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