Report – Balogun hits brace and Patino scores as Arsenal U23s beat Manchester United

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Arsenal 3 (Balogun 1, 40, Patino 90) Manchester United 1 (Shoretire 63)

Image: Arsenal FC

Folarin Balogun scored a brace as Arsenal U23s made it three league victories in succession with a 3-1 win at home to Manchester United today.

Balogun featured in the first two Premier League games of the season but found himself back in the U23s to get playing time and took the opportunity to remind everybody of the quality that he possesses.

Two other members of the first-team squad were involved, with Arthur Okonkwo and Eddie Nketiah featuring, the latter captaining the side.

Ryan Alebiosu, Tim Akinola and Salah-Eddine were all given starts and James Olayinka was back on the bench but Arsenal had to cope without Kido Taylor-Hart and Omari Hutchinson.

Okonkwo

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Salah Eddine-Nketiah-Balogun

Subs: Walters (for Alebiosu, 61), Biereth (for Nketiah, 61), Olayinka (for Monlouis, 75). Not used: Ejeheri, Ideho.

It was a strong United side that included Dean Henderson and Phil Jones, who have both been capped by England.

However, Arsenal started very brightly and took the lead in the first minute as Balogun scored having been set up by Alebiosu.

In truth maybe both players should have gone on loan in the summer transfer window, but this was a chance for them to make an impact at U23 level.

Balogun added another goal five minutes before half time as he was found by Salah-Eddine and Arsenal made a double change just after the hour, with Reuell Walters and Mika Biereth coming on for Alebiosu and Nketiah, with the latter having made his return from injury.

United got a goal back through the talented Shola Shoretire, but Arsenal managed to prevail and added to the scoreline late on courtesy of an impressive goal from Charlie Patino.

2 comments

  1. Seems like a mistake not sending Balogun out to play consistent football, a season in the Championship, and we could potentially have an internal replacement for Lacazette next summer

    Do you think he could develop into a first team player

  2. Both Nketiah and Balogun are PL-level strikers; going for a loan into the Championship might be below them (although a lot of games there). One of them should have gone on loan, and return to the first team after Aubameyang has left or retired. With the current setup, I’ll be surprised if the 2 youngsters will have 1000 first team minutes combined this season…

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