Arsenal face losing striker to Ivan Gazidis

Gazidis

Ivan Gazidis' name is likely to spring fear into a lot of supporters at Arsenal.

The former Gunners Chief Executive is now at AC Milan after leaving the club behind, but the impact of his reign at the Emirates still lingers.

Gazidis rambled on about a catalyst for change and once he was finally rid of Arsene Wenger, his parting gift of Unai Emery only made things worse.

The duo bowed out of Arsenal in 2019 and with Mikel Arteta at the helm, the rubble left behind by Gazidis is all too clear.

Many of the players he helped Wenger and Emery sign are still there and hardly performing to an adequate standard. He is the pantomime villain in north London.

However, despite now being in Milan where he helped to lure Zlatan Ibrahimovic back to Italy, he could be set to haunt Arsenal again.

This will be torture to the club's supporters, but they're facing up to seeing one of their best young players stole away by Gazidis. 

Once again, it's the deadly contract negotiations that have bitten Arsenal's hands too. 

Gazidis

Unfortunately for the Islington side, they look as though they're about to lose promising young forward Folarin Balogun.

That's according to a report from the Daily Mail who suggest Southampton and Milan are looking to sign him this summer.

That comes just six months after Arsenal rejected a £5m bid from Brentford for his services.

Balogun

The report suggests Arsenal have been unsuccessful in their attempts to tie the 18-year-old down to a new contract.

Instead of losing him on a free when his deal expires in a years time, it looks as though Raul Sanllehi and Edu would rather cash in.

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Losing an academy prospect may not be as big a blow as losing someone like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but it's a worrying sign.

Only last year the Gunners lost promising winger Xavier Amaechi to German football and Hamburg. However, despite appearing on the bench 21 times, he's played just 32 minutes of senior-team football.

It shows the grass isn't always greener when making the step-up to first-team action and this could be the case with someone like Balogun.

Unfortunately for the teenager, he's become victim to Eddie Nketiah's emergence in the last year.

Nketiah

As the 21-year-old went on loan to Leeds, it could have represented an opportunity for Balogun to get first-team call-ups. That, though, hasn't happened.

That's despite scoring an impressive ten goals in just 15 Premier League 2 appearances this term.

Balogun has often been thought of as one of the most eye-catching players at the Hale End academy and losing a goalscorer like him should be a big blow.

After all, he's scored 38 times in just 41 outings for the U18 side. He is a player who should have been given a better opportunity by Arteta's predecessors. 

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