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Arteta wants to keep teenage striker

Arsenal have resumed contract talks with teenage striker Folarin Balagun.

The 19-year old Is out of contract next summer, and looked certain to leave the club, frustrated by his lack of first-team opportunities.

However, he was given his debut last month against Dundalk in the Europa League as a substitute, and, on Thursday, he scored his first goal for the Gunners, finding the net with his first touch after coming off the bench against Molde in Norway.

Balogun has played for both England and the USA at under-18 level and is free to sign a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club in January, meaning that time is off the essence if the Gunners want to convince him to stay.

However, with Arsenal having secured their qualification already for the knock-out stages of the competition, Balogun is likely to get more game time in the remaining two matches which might be enough to persuade him to stay.

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