Folarin Balogun scored his first Arsenal u23 goal after injury on Friday, and it was quite the finish to get his scoring run going again.
Balogun picked up an injury in late October last year. As a result, he missed the entirety of November and most of December as well. He only returned as a substitute for the final fixtures before the winter break, setting up the winner against Dinamo Zagreb.
The striker then made a couple of starts in early January, and he was pivotal in Arsenal’s opening goal against Derby. However, he was lacking an official goal or assist to get himself going again.
That changed on Friday, in his third start of the year. Picking up the ball on the edge of the box, Balogun had the ball bouncing up by his weaker left foot. He went for an ambitious half-volley, and saw his shot fly into the top corner:
Weak foot half-volley? 😳
— Arsenal Academy (@ArsenalAcademy) January 17, 2020
Balogun on the goal and Arsenal’s u23 trophy chances
Speaking after the game, Balogun revealed why he’s scoring more with his weak foot.
“It’s always nice to help the team,” Balogun began. “I just thought as the ball was on the edge of the box and bouncing, I’ve been practising on my weak foot, so I thought ‘why not?’. Luckily for me, it’s gone into the top corner.”
The goal helped Arsenal qualify for the next round of the Premier League International Cup as group winners. The Gunners actually have the best record in the entire competition, with three wins in three games, nine goals scored and just two conceded.
Balogun thinks the team have a chance to do well in the competition.
“I think we have a strong chance of going far. We’re all about sending statements out, so I think winning all three games shows that we’re a strong side,” Arsenal’s u23 top scorer added.
“I think if we carry on putting in performances like we done today we can go far in this tournament.”