Every Arsenal fan has high hopes for Folarin Balogun. The young striker is one of our most exciting talents and he’ll surely play a big part in the first-team in the very near future.
It really did look like Balogun would leave Arsenal this time last year. He had entered the final year of his contract and the chances of him signing an extension looked very slim.
However, Mikel Arteta, Edu and Per Mertesacker convinced the youngster to pen a new deal. He was immediately promoted to the first team, but he has barely been in the senior squad since.
Most of his football has come for the youth team and he has been in phenomenal form there.
Video: Folarin Balogun pulls off an outrageous nutmeg
The Arsenal under-23s have been in fantastic form in the Premier League 2 this season. The young Gunners are on top of the table after 12 games, with their most recent win coming against Blackburn earlier this week.
Ahead of the game, Arsenal Academy’s official Twitter handle posted a video of Balogun’s outrageous piece of skill against Brighton in a game that the Gunners won 3-0 last month.
Balogun scored twice and was the star of the show at the Emirates, but an incredible nutmeg near the corner flag before driving into the box and winning a penalty was definitely the highlight of the evening.
Watch the skill below!
What next for Balogun?
Arsenal’s striking department is overloaded now. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette are the first-choice at the moment, while Eddie Nketiah is next in line.
Gabriel Martinelli can also play up top and he can barely get a game these days. That has pushed Balogun down the pecking order and it is looking increasingly likely that he will go out on loan in January.
A spell away at a Championship club could work wonders for Balogun, who really does have the talent to succeed. Opportunities at Arsenal will be next to zero this season, but if he goes out on loan and impresses, Arteta will have a tough decision to make in the summer.