Mikel Arteta handed Folarin Balogun his first Premier League begin on Friday night towards Brentford.
With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette unable to take part in west London on account of sickness, Arteta has entrusted the attacking duties to the 20-year-old striker.
It appeared for almost all of final season as if Balogun wouldn’t be committing his future to the Gunners as his contract started to expire.
But, regardless of hyperlinks to the likes of Juventus and Liverpool, the New York-born star dedicated his future to the membership in April.
Having been on trial at Spurs as a baby prodigy, Balogun discovered his craft at Hale Finish and excelled at youth stage till getting his probability with the senior aspect final season. Balogun has been at Arsenal since he was 9 years previous, and signed scholar phrases with the membership in July 2017.
He loved a terrific run within the Europa League within the earlier marketing campaign, scoring a objective each 32 minutes throughout a string of substitute appearances.
Balogun, who represented each the USA and England at youth stage, already has a agency admirer in membership captain Aubameyang.
Talking final season, the Gabon striker stated he knew the membership had a star on its fingers lengthy earlier than Balogun obtained off the mark in a Gunners shirt, praising the teenager for his fashion and ‘humble’ nature.
“For positive he’s very, very gifted and exhibits each time he trains with us that he’s a very nice abilities and works rather a lot,” the skipper stated concerning the teenager.
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“I like his fashion as nicely, it’s like an American rapper, however he’s a humble man as nicely.
“I don’t see him rather a lot however he’s a cool man. We generally have fun with him and Laca [Alexandre Lacazette].”