With Lacazette’s future also in doubt, 19-year-old Balogun could state his case for a more extended role next season and his manager believes he has the kind of one-off quality that could see him flourish in the top-flight.
“He’s a very, very hungry boy,” he continued. “He wants to do everything. He wants to practice more every single day.
“He has unique qualities as a striker – his speed and the way he holds the ball. He’s a real goal threat and he works tremendously hard.
“He will be pushing anybody in our first team to get his spot and that’s exactly what we want.
“He’s got the chance; now it’s time for him to prove himself.”
If he does, it could potentially save Arsenal millions in the transfer market this summer.