Folarin Balogun slammed for ‘toxic’ tweet after Arsenal dumped out of FA Cup

Arsenal youngster Folarin Balogun has been slammed by Gunners fans for posting a “toxic” tweet just minutes after his side were dumped out of FA Cup.

Mikel Arteta’s men failed to score against Southampton as they fell to a 1-0 defeat on the south coast courtesy of an own goal from Gabriel.

Eddie Nketiah played as the lone striker at St Mary’s, with Alexandre Lacazette benched and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missing entirely.

Young Gunners striker Balogun was also left out of the matchday squad for the fourth round cup tie.

And he proceeded to send a message to Arteta after the loss on Twitter, posting a video of himself scoring a fine solo effort for the youth side.

The clip did not go down well with fans though, who slammed his attitude and loyalty to the club, with one even labelling him “toxic”.

One wrote: “Not really on whilst you are contracted to this club.”

“Sign the contract and you’ll be doing that with the first team,” a second added.

As a third ranted: “You're not bigger then the club btw, there's a reason Eddie has been playing and you haven't, he clearly works harder then you.”

“Why did you tweet this now?” a fourth asked. “Remember that no player is bigger than the club.”

Balogun’s future remains up in the air with the 19-year-old out of contract in the summer, and already available to talk to foreign clubs to sign a pre-contract agreement.

German sides RB Leipzig and Stuttgart have been linked with the teenager, and Arteta admitted that he is doing his best to persuade him from an exit in the near future.

“If anything, regarding his contractual situation with the club, I just want to convince him that he has a future at the club. I’m not sending the opposite message.

“Before, he wasn’t training with the first team. We changed that. He’s been training with us a lot, he’s improving every single day, he’s showing a real hunger and desire to be with us.

“We’re trying to get something done. We want him to stay. We’re going step-by-step and he’s made some big steps in the last few months. He wasn’t even training and then he’s had a few good games for us. The steps are there in every way. We’re trying to keep him."

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