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‘Better than Werner’: some Arsenal fans praised the young under-23’s display last night

‘Better than Werner’: some Arsenal fans praised the young under-23’s display last night.

Several Arsenal fans have become lyrical about Folarin Balogun following his latest heroic acts of goals with the Under-23 Gunners.

The 20-year-old Gunners forward is one of the brightest young men to come through the Hale End ranks in recent years.

Many Arsenal fans were thrilled when Balogun put a new long-term contract in writing in April after months of negotiations.

To date, Balogun has made nine senior category appearances with Arsenal, but only three have made it this season.

In fact, Mikel Arteta hasn’t given him senior playtime since September.

There really isn’t much more Balogun can do to claim a place in Arsenal’s first team.

Fans have been urging the Gunners to at least put him on loan in January.

On Friday, he once again reminded everyone of his quality.

Balogun received the captain’s armband for the Premier League 2 home match against Derby.

The Gunners fell in a 5-3 loss at the hands of their opponents, but Balogun intervened with an impressive hat-trick.

Derby opened the scoring after just three minutes, but the Arsenal star found the top corner with a brilliant opening shot six minutes later.

Balogun then made it 2-1 with a close-range effort after a back error.

The visitors scored again to make it 2-2 at halftime, before scoring three more early in the second half to make it 5-2.

Balogun’s hat-trick turned out to be mere consolation in the end, but what a blow it was: a fierce effort towards the top corner.

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