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Folarin Balogun has fuelled speculation he could leave Arsenal by revealing he would be open to returning to Stade Reims.

The striker has been a hit on loan at the Ligue Un club with 17 goals in 27 league games.

His form could encourage Mikel Arteta to use the youngster in the first team next season.

But Balogun is not closing the door to a potential exit and would be open to moving back to Reims.

When asked about his future in an interview with Ligue Un he said: “Contractually I have to go back because the loan was only for one year so that was always the agreement.

“I’m not sure what is going to happen in the future.

“A lot could happen in football, a lot could change, and it just depends on the conversations we have between me and the club in the summer, and we’ll see what happens.

“I mean there’s no door that’s closed. Of course I have had a good year here and to a lot of people it makes sense for me to come back here. So yeah I mean I don’t know what the future will bring.”

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta gets his players involved with games like dodgeball to get his squad switched on before a game.

Goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale has lifted the lid on what it is like to work for the Spaniard.

On Arteta’s management style, Ramsdale told Standard Sport: “He’s intense, really intense.

“He just loves football, loves Arsenal, loves developing young players which is amazing.

“He comes up with these things to try to get us going. We play games in the hotel.

“Sometimes it can be dodgeball, sometimes it can be spot the difference on the TV to get our brains working…

“It is just his way of trying to make us to switch on before the game, before the warm-up, making sure we’re living and breathing football when we’re resting.”

England manager Gareth Southgate has revealed what Bukayo Saka has improved on in his game.

Speaking to Channel 4 about the Arsenal star’s goal, he said: “It is a top-level finish [from Saka].

“That is the ruthless part he has added to his game in the last 18 months or so. There were times you weren’t sure he was going to finish, but now he has that confidence in front of goal.”

Danny Murphy has urged Declan Rice to leave West Ham – with Arsenal leading the race to sign him in the summer.

“Declan Rice has to leave West Ham,” former Premier League midfielder Murphy told the Daily Mail.

“Ideally he would have gone last summer because it’s been hard for him to maintain his best form in a team that doesn’t keep the ball or boss games as well as others.

“He’s 100 per cent ready to move to the next level and at 24 won’t want to wait any longer for Champions League football.

“Arsenal would be a great option and I think he’d be an automatic starter. The lure of Chelsea is also strong, having grown up supporting the club and playing in their academy.”

Arsenal and Man Utd target Rasmus Hojlund is set to appoint a new agent, according to reports.

The Denmark striker has become hot property, after scoring five goals in two starts for the national team.

While he has torn up Serie A with Atalanta, scoring eight goals in 25 games.

The 6ft4in striker, 20, has been compared to Man City ace Erling Haaland.

Fabrizio Romano tweeted: “Understand Rasmus Højlund will be set to appoint a new agent very soon, as top European clubs are following him.

“Højlund has five goals in two starts for Danish national team — sounds huge after excellent first season in Serie A with Atalanta.”

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