Arsenal fans send message to Mikel Arteta as Folarin Balogun nets latest stunning hat-trick

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Arsenal fans send message to Mikel Arteta as Folarin Balogun nets latest stunning hat-trick

 

Supporters of Premier League giants Arsenal have taken to social media in their numbers this evening, to send a crystal clear message to boss Mikel Arteta regarding the future of U23 standout Folarin Balogun.

Rams on top

Balogun, a highly-regarded young striker, is currently locked in action, in a Premier League 2 meeting with Derby County.

Kevin Betsy’s U23s welcomed the Rams to Meadow Park sitting pretty atop the table, and no doubt brimming with confidence on the back of a hard-fought 3-2 downing of Blackburn Rovers earlier in the week.

As things stand, however, Arsenal look well on their way to being knocked off their perch at the top of the PL2 summit.

This comes with an alarming defensive display to date having left the Gunners in a 2-goal hole, amid a remarkable 8-goal thriller in north London.

All of Louie Sibley (2), Luke Plange and Connor Dixon have added to Ryan Alebiosu’s own goal, to send the visitors into the closing ten minutes on Friday night boasting a healthy advantage.

‘Far too good’

Despite Derby having the upper hand as things stand, however, it is in fact one of Arsenal’s young stars who has stolen the headlines to this point in proceedings at Meadow Park.

The player in question? The aforementioned Balogun.

20-year-old Balogun has of course been handed the occasional chance to impress in Arsenal’s first-team setup over the early months of the campaign, but ultimately struggled amid the rough and tumble nature of the senior game.

At U23 level, however, the prolific hitman has continued to prove himself as simply on another level to the rest of Kevin Betsy’s talented squad.

A stunning hat-trick versus Derby this evening has taken Balogun’s tally for the campaign to 14 goals across just 10 Premier League 2 outings, the kind of production which has culminated in a fresh clamour amongst the Gunners fanbase.

As showcased below, those of an Arsenal persuasion have taken to social media in their absolute numbers on Friday, to plead with Mikel Arteta and co. to farm the club’s explosive young attacker out on loan upon the opening of the January transfer window:

 

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# 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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