Meet Folarin Balogun: The Arsenal youth player making a big name for himself

Folarin Balogun is making a name for himself at Arsenal

Unai Emery placed a lot of faith in Arsenal's youth for their opening Premier League fixture against Newcastle on Sunday.

Matteo Guendouzi, Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson - all 19 - started the 1-0 win for the Gunners and all performed very well.

Gabriel Martinelli, 18, also came off the bench in the second-half to make his competitive debut for the club.

It's an exciting time for Arsenal after a brilliant summer transfer window, with top-quality additions made to go alongside the Gunners' array of exciting youngsters.

And in their U23 side, they have perhaps their best prospect in many a year.

Folarin Balogun has been on fire for Arsenal's youth sides in the last 12 months.

In 2018/19, the skilful striker netted 25 goals in just 19 games for the Gunners' U18 side.

He was promoted to the U23 side for 2019/20 and during his opening game of the season last night, he scored a hat-trick against Blackburn Rovers.

Balogun in action vs Barnet

Balogun is renowned for his quick feet, clinical finishing and blistering pace, attributes that give him a hell of a chance of making it in the big leagues.

Twitter user @afcDW has provided a video of Balogun's goals from this year, which you can watch below.

The kid is a serious talent.

In a interview back in March, Balogun likened himself to Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The teenager told the Gunners' official website: "I am the sort of striker that likes to play on the shoulder of the last defender and make runs behind them, similar to the way that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang plays.

"I’ve trained a few times with the first team and I feel that I’ve benefitted from being involved with them, especially when playing against experienced defenders which forces you to find different ways of getting in on goal as what works at lower levels does not always work against them."

It won't be long until Emery gives Balogun a chance in the first-team.

With Eddie Nketiah, Emile Smith-Rowe, Nelson, Willock and more, Arsenal's future looks in safe hands.

Balogun is eligible to play for England, the USA and Nigeria and he is yet to make his decision.

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