Folarin Balogun scored two more goals against Manchester City on Friday, as he continues to make his case for first-team chances.
Arsenal u23s took on Manchester City on Friday, and it didn’t take long for Folarin Balogun to give them the lead. The goal came from a mistake, as the City keeper gifted the ball to Trae Coyle, who quickly set up Balogun to fire high into the net.
The away side equalised before half time though, with Adrian Bernabe scoring. It was up to Balogun to help Arsenal retake the lead, which he did 18 minutes into the second half.
Ben Cottrell slid in to win the ball back and find Matt Smith, who played a first-time pass into Balogun. The striker simply held off the defender and passed the ball into the bottom corner. Sadly, City rallied to win 4-2.
Folarin Balogun’s second goal from last night. As usual, it was Matt Smith playing him through on goal.
Unfortunately, I don’t have footage of the first goal, so you’ll have to wait on Arsenal for that.pic.twitter.com/y5K3fvWHnr
— Dan Critchlow (@afcDW) February 29, 2020
Those goals bring the 18-year-old to 10 goals and four assists in 15 Premier League 2 appearances this season. Balogun also has a goal and an assist in two PL International Cup appearances, though he didn’t score in his only EFL Trophy start.
Overall, that’s 11 goals and five assists in 18 games (15 starts). His six-week injury at the end of 2019 was the only thing holding him back this campaign.
This is Balogun’s first full season as an u23 player, so it’s fair that the club haven’t immediately pushed him into senior football. At the same time, this campaign is enough to prove he’s too good for the youth game now.
Whether with Arsenal or on loan, he needs to be playing first-team games next season.