Folarin Balogun: “It was important to get out of my comfort zone”

In an interview with Amazon Prime Video Sport Stade de Reims’ on-loan Arsenal man Folarin Balogun spoke about how he’s been settling in to the club, dealing with the cultural differences playing abroad whilst performing at the highest level: 

“I’ve spent my whole career in London so when I came here I knew it was going to be different, I didn’t know the language and I’m still trying to learn – but for me it’s important to step out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself. This is the reason I’m here and hopefully this decision will be good for me and pay off.”

So far Balogun has been a key figure for Stade de Reims, having scored five goals in six appearances for Oscar Garcia’s side since joining in early August. He becomes part of Arsenal’s emerging loan strategy  of focusing on sending players to Ligue 1 (Saliba, Tavares, Balogun) which may prove to be something that Premier League clubs consider going forward – the leagues are most common in style with the players’ stocks rising with every game.

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