Photo: Great news for Arsenal fans as young star appears to be in the first-team plans for next season

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Mikel Arteta has shown a willingness to get some of the young players into the first team, but it always felt like he was holding back a little with Folarin Balogun.

He mainly featured in the Europa League where he scored twice and added an assist in only 63 minutes of action, while he also had a record of one goal in every two games for the U23 side.

There will be plenty of hope that he’s given a chance to impress in the Premier League next season, and this is a pretty clear sign that he’s going to be seen as part of the first-team group:

Perhaps it will be a case of him getting some chances in pre-season games before deciding what to do next, but hopefully he’s able to show what he can do at the senior level.

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