Folarin Balogun shines for Arsenal U23s while sending message to fans after brace

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Folarin Balogun shines for Arsenal U23s while sending message to fans after brace

Folarin Balogun thanks fans with two-goal display against Brighton

While Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette failed to dent Graham Potter’s Brighton earlier tonight, Arsenal U23 starlet Folarin Balogun enjoyed yet another top class display for Kevin Betsy’s side last night against the Seagulls’ U23 outfit.

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The New York-born England U21 international put on another show for the few in attendance at the Emirates last night, but remained thankful for those that continued to show their support. Whether the show of thanks was genuine or a shot of sarcasm given the minuscule turn out at the home fixture remains to be seen however.

Betsy’s U23’s ran out 3-0 winners, with the two-goal effort from Balogun sandwiching a strike from midfielder Salah Oulad M’Hand who scored for the second consecutive match as the former Feyenoord youth product enjoying life in north London after arriving last summer.

The match day XI also featured highly-touted midfield pair Charlie Patino and Omari Hutchinson, as well as Danish youth international Mika Biereth.

A future that remains uncertain

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has come under criticism recently in his handling of academy product Folarin Balogun – and other strikers – from none other than the players brother who went on the offensive against the Spaniard questioning the tactical schematics at the Emirates.

Folarin Balogun sends message to Arsenal fans after netting brace vs Brighton U23s

ST ALBANS, ENGLAND – APRIL 14: Flo Balogun of Arsenal during a training session at London Colney on April 14, 2021 in St Albans, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

In the two appearances Balogun made before his stint with the first-team this season hit the wall, the England youth international hardly had a sniff at goal and was largely left isolated up top.

This is in stark contrast to how Balogun operates for the U23’s, and his 6-goals in just four appearances in the Premier League 2 – where Arsenal sit second just one point behind Manchester City – is still proof positive that the club have a bright young talent on their hands that still may not have a defined pathway into the first-team in the long term.

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