Thierry Henry says Folarin Balogun might need to leave Arsenal to get more playing time

Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry has hinted that Folarin Balogun will need to leave Arsenal in search of consistent playing minutes.

Balogun, who is currently on loan at Ligue 1 outfit Reims, has caught the eye this term with his 20 goals in 36 matches across all competitions.

Unsurprisingly, the forward was a subject of tussle between the United States and England for his international allegiance but Balogun confirmed his decision to play for USA yesterday.

Reacting to Balogun’s decision to snub England, Henry was pleased to see the 21-year-old make the choice that guarantees the most minutes at international level and also advised him to follow suit at club level.

“For him next year, it is important that he plays,” Henry said on CBS Sports (h/t The Mirror).

“I don’t know if he will play for Arsenal. With England, he had to battle with Callum Wilson, Ivan Toney, Ollie Watkins, Tammy Abraham, Harry Kane

“He is a great player for USA as they are missing that No.9 – he has been great in France, now he has to find a team where he will play next year.”

Should Balogun return to Arsenal at the end of current season, he will most likely be the third-choice option behind Gabriel Jesus and Eddie Nketiah.

With the Gunners set to lose teenage prodigy Charlie Patino next summer, Arsenal will be keen to retain one of their most promising youngsters in Balogun, although a permanent exit could be best for all parties.

While his long-term future will certainly in his thoughts at the moment, Balogun is currently looking to finish the season as strongly as possible.

Fresh off the back of ending a four-game goal drought last time out, Balogun will be aiming to help his side continue their quest for a top-half finish in Ligue 1 when they take on Angers this weekend.

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