Balogun scores against Millwall; Ballard faces Arsenal in friendly

Folarin Balogun was among the scorers as Arsenal beat Millwall 4-1 in a friendly at London Colney yesterday.

The game was arranged at short notice after Arsenal had to withdraw from the Florida Cup and there were some familiar faces in the Millwall side including Daniel Ballard, who is on loan from the Gunners.

Former academy players Benik Afobe and Mallon Romeo were also involved for Millwall, while Arthur Okonkwo started in goal for Arsenal.

Eddie Nketiah headed over early on with Okonkwo then forced into an impressive stop to deny Afobe.

Okonkwo had a couple of difficult moments later in the half but that save will certainly give him confidence after the goal he conceded against Hibernian.

Arsenal eventually took the lead as Calum Chambers reacted well after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s effort struck the crossbar.

Karl Hein entered the fray in place of Okonkwo in the second half, while there was a debut for midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga, who joined from Anderlecht this week.

Alexandre Lacazette, who was also brought on, made it 2-0 as he headed in a cross from Chambers, and Pepe made it three following good work from Aubameyang and a dummy from Lacazette.

Balogun then got his first goal of pre-season having been played in by Willian before Millwall got a consolation courtesy of Alex Mitchell.

Lokonga gave a good account of himself, impressing with some slick passes.

Omar Rekik and Miguel Azeez warmed up with the team before the game but didn’t enter the fray.

Hector Bellerin was also an unused substitute, with Sead Kolasinac and Joe Willock not involved.

Arsenal: Okonkwo (Hein, 46), Chambers, Holding, Mari (Cedric, 60), Tierney (Tavares, 60), Partey (Maitland-Niles, 71), Elneny (Lokonga, 46), Pepe (Willian, 71), Smith Rowe (Nelson, 71), Aubameyang (Balogun, 71), Nketiah (Lacazette, 46).

2 comments

  1. There was much to enjoy about this performance though Okonkwo was not one. Save apart he was a disaster class once more. Poor kicking, failure to control pass backs, fumbling.
    Ballogun again looked excellent, quite why a) Nketiah gets more game time and b) why we are supposedly looking at Abraham is beyond reasoning.
    Partey looks a man reborn whilst Numo and Sambi look big plusses for the squad

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