Folarin Balogun steals the show again as Arsenal U23s climb back to top of Premier League 2 table


Arsenal’s U23 outfit got the better of their Blackburn Rovers equivalents this evening, with star man Folarin Balogun, once again, having made the difference.

Gunners leave it late

Kevin Betsy’s men returned to action a short time ago.

In their latest Premier League 2 outing, the Gunners made the trip to Lancashire, for a showdown with the aforementioned Blackburn.

Arsenal headed into proceedings aware that a victory would guide them back to the top of the table, after slipping off the pace of West Ham owing to a 3-3 stalemate with Leicester City last time out.

And, when all was said and done on Monday evening, return to winning ways is precisely what the visitors managed.

A 5-goal thriller eventually culminated in Arsenal emerging on the right side of a 3-2 scoreline, owing to strikes from all of Mika Biereth, Omari Hutchinson and the aforementioned Balogun.

Hutchinson’s effort proved the pick of the bunch, as the gifted young midfielder picked out the top corner from 25 yards on the stroke of the interval.

As alluded to above, however, ultimately, it was that man Balogun who went on to steal the headlines.

With the north Londoners down to ten men owing to Brooke Norton-Cuffy’s dismissal early in the 2nd-half, and Blackburn in the ascendancy after levelling things up a short time earlier, Balogun, amid a stellar season to date, bagged the evening’s decisive 5th goal with 89 minutes on the clock.

After the hosts failed to clear an Arsenal corner, the English youth international showcased his trademark predatory instincts to slot home on the turn, sparking joyous celebrations on the part of the visitors’ stars and staff alike.


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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Chelsea FC 12 26 29
2 Manchester City 12 19 26
3 Liverpool FC 12 24 25
4 West Ham United 12 9 23
5 Arsenal FC 12 -4 20
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers 12 0 19
7 Tottenham Hotspur 12 -6 19
8 Manchester United 12 -1 17
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 12 -2 17
10 Crystal Palace 12 1 16
11 Everton FC 12 -3 15
12 Leicester City 12 -5 15
13 Southampton FC 12 -3 14
14 Brentford FC 12 -1 13
15 Aston Villa 12 -4 13
16 Watford FC 12 -4 13
17 Leeds United 12 -8 11
18 Burnley FC 12 -6 9
19 Norwich City 12 -20 8
20 Newcastle United 12 -12 6
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 11
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 7
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 7
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 6
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 5
Cornet, Maxwel Burnley FC 5
Raphinha Leeds United 5
Sarr, Ismaila Watford FC 5
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 4
James, Reece Chelsea FC 4
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 4
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 4
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 4
King, Joshua Watford FC 4
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 4
Benteke, Christian Crystal Palace 4
Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick Arsenal FC 4
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 4
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace 4
Firmino, Roberto Liverpool FC 4


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