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

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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This article was edited by Ben Browning.

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# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 22 41 56
2 Liverpool FC 21 37 45
3 Chelsea FC 23 28 44
4 West Ham United 22 11 37
5 Tottenham Hotspur 19 4 36
6 Arsenal FC 20 8 35
7 Manchester United 21 5 35
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 20 2 31
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 21 0 29
10 Leicester City 19 -3 25
11 Crystal Palace 21 -1 24
12 Southampton FC 21 -8 24
13 Aston Villa 20 -5 23
14 Brentford FC 22 -11 23
15 Leeds United 20 -15 22
16 Everton FC 19 -10 19
17 Watford FC 19 -14 14
18 Norwich City 21 -35 13
19 Newcastle United 20 -23 12
20 Burnley FC 17 -11 11

Premier League 21/22

Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 16
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 8
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 8
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 8
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 8
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 8
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 8
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 7
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 7
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 6
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 6
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 6
Maddison, James Leicester City 6