But again, if Arteta feels he cannot rely on Balogun yet then he could delve into the market.
Celtic’s Odsonne Edouard has long been linked with a move to the Emirates, though Leicester are also interested in the Frenchman.
Arteta prefers Aubameyang off the left and the Gabon star’s goal return this season proves Arsenal may need to bolster that area of the pitch.
Lacazette being unavailable could give Nketiah and Balogun an unexpected chance.
Now it is down to the young duo to show they can take it, or Arteta will look externally for alternatives.