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Arsenal academy star wants ‘new challenge’ as Wilshere considers retirement

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Folarin Balogun has said he would like a transfer so he can play some senior football, while former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has said he’s considering bringing his playing days to an end.

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Emile Smith Rowe is a senior England international.

The Arsenal midfielder was introduced as a second-half substitute for the Three Lions on Friday, as they romped to a 5-0 success over Albania. And he impressed with some trademark dribbles and neat touches in his cameo.

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It would have been a proud moment for all associated with the Gunners and another positive day in what is turning into an exciting start to the 2021-22 season.

While the fanbase will be keeping a close eye on the players involved in their international matches, thoughts will also begin to turn towards the return of the Premier League on Saturday, when Arsenal visit Liverpool in a huge game.

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Balogun wants ‘new challenge’

Folarin Balogun has said he would be ready to leave Arsenal in order to get regular first-team football.

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The 20-year-old has triggered plenty of excitement in recent years after an impressive rise through the club’s academy setup and he featured for the Gunners twice at the start of the Premier League season.

However, the return to fitness of some key men has pushed Balogun back down the pecking order and he’s said a loan move may be needed in January, with West Ham United and Middlesbrough having both watched him recently.

“I feel like I am ready for a new challenge,” he said. “I feel like I have played youth football for a while. I have scored goals at that level and improved at that level drastically compared to now. At the same time I am not sure what that challenge might be.

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“It might be a loan, or if I am needed at Arsenal I am here and the gaffer knows that as well.”

Read the story in full HERE.





Jack Wilshere considering retirement

At 29 years old, former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has admitted he has thought about retiring.

As a youngster, Wilshere appeared set to rise to the top of the game. However, his career has been ravaged by injury issues and although he has been training with Arsenal as of late to keep his fitness up, the playmaker is still without a club after being released by Bournemouth at the end of last season.







Wilshere has said he is considering retiring.



Despite being in what should be the prime years of his career, Wilshere has said he’s considered calling it a day.

“I have to think about it,” he said when asked about retirement. “That is why I am doing the coaching. I have been forced into doing it a little bit but I am grateful for the opportunity.”

Read the story in full HERE.

Kolasinac on the end of horror challenge

Arsenal defender Sead Kolasinac hobbled out of Bosnia & Herzegovina’s World Cup qualifier against Finland after being on the end of a robust challenge.

Jukka Raitala was sent off after his tackle saw the former Gunners left-back rolling around in pain, with the Finn’s studs making heavy contact with Kolasinac’s ankle. Premier League referee Michael Oliver was in charge during the contest.

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Despite going down to 10 men in the first half, Finland were able to battle to a 3-1 win and preserve their chances of qualifying for next year’s World Cup in Qatar.

The 28-year-old has struggled to force his way into contention under Arteta this season, with Kieran Tierney a dependable and dynamic presence at left-back.

Read the story in full HERE.


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