Folarin Balogun Makes Request On Arteta After Scoring First Arsenal Goal

Folarin Balogun First Arsenal Goal

Folarin Balogun came off the bench to score his first Arsenal goal in the 3-0 Europa League win at Molde.

It took the 19-year-old just one minute after coming off the bench in the 82nd minute to open his Gunners account in his second senior appearance.

Balogun has called on his manager Mikel Arteta to keep “showing faith” in him by handing him minutes with the first team to continue his development.

“I’m feeling really happy, it shows that all the hard work I’ve put in over the years is just starting to pay off,” Balogun told Arsenal's official website.

“It’s important that I keep working hard to enjoy more moments like this.

“I didn’t think that particular [break for the goal] was going to be my chance, but I always try to stay ready and I’m happy that on this occasion it paid off.

“It’s been good [to be involved], it’s nice to see the boss showing faith in me. It feels like this is good experience for me, I just need to keep on learning, keep on adding to my game and I’m happy that I could contribute today.”

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The England U20 forward is out of contract at the end of the season and Arteta is keen to tie him down to a new deal.

This article was most recently revised and updated 2 years ago

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