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‘I take huge inspiration from Saka and Smith Rowe’

Folarin Balogun has seen the incredible impact Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe have made for us - and now wants to follow the same path.

The 19-year-old signed a new long-term deal with the club on Wednesday, and has set his sights on becoming a regular in Mikel Arteta’s matchday squad.

“Bukayo and Emile have shown me that if you just stick at something for long enough, eventually it will pay off,” Balogun told Arsenal Media. 

“I take huge inspiration from them. I thought both of them seemed ready when they were called up each and every time. I thought they definitely prepared, not just physically but also mentally, for the challenges. I think that's something I've learned from them. 

“Every time I come over, all the lads are friendly but in particular I would say the strikers' union [have helped me most]. Laca, Auba, Eddie, we all talk, we all get along and laugh. 

“They're just continuously trying to give me little tips here and there, things to help me improve my game. That’s good to see.”

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