Mikel Arteta wants to take a closer look at Folarin Balogun during Arsenal’s pre-season before deciding on the talented striker’s future.
The 22-year-old academy graduate enjoyed a breakthrough season in France last season, scoring 21 goals for Ligue 1 side Stade de Reims.
Balogun has no plans to go out on loan again this term and the United States international has been linked with a permanent exit, with Inter Milan reportedly interested.
Arsenal are said to value the striker at £50million and boss Arteta wants a closer look at the attacker during the pre-season of the United States.
“Obviously he’s done incredibly well and now we have to think what is best to do,” the Spaniard said.
“But we want to see him, we want to experience him in the next few games.
“He played the last game against Nurnberg and he will do in the next few games. Then we will make the best decision.”
Arsenal are in Washington DC to play against Wayne Rooney’s MLS All-Stars on Wednesday.
It means a quick return to the States for Balogun, who helped the US win the Nations League last month.
Asked if he is looking to move, Balogun said: “I was away for the year and just back so focused on pre-season with the team.
“It’s nice to see everyone and stuff but I am really just focused here.”