Arsenal manager promoted five Nigerian youngsters to the first-team training on Thursday. The former Everton midfielder is without most of his first-team players, who are gone on international duty.
Arteta initially invited Tim Akinola and Folarin Balogun to the first-team training on Wednesday. He extended the gesture to three more youngsters on Thursday.
On Thursday, Arteta called on the service of Tolaji Bola, Ryan Alebiosu, and Mazeed Ogungbo.
The five youngsters are integral to the U23s, while some time in the first-team will be nice for their development.
Folarin Balogun has been with the first-team a couple of times, but he’s yet to – make his debut in the Premier League.
The youngster has shown what he can offer in the UEFA Europa League, where he has noted two goals in four games.
Of all the players mentioned, only Folarin Balogun has made his debut for the first-team, and the club is struggling to tie him down to a new contract.
His contract expires at the end of the season, and the Gunners have not convinced him to sign a new contract.
Balogun has featured in sixteen games for the U23s, scoring eight goals and created three assists.