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Yoruba Boy Scores First Goal For Arsenal Within 37 Seconds as Substitute

By Olamide Oyetunji - Folarin Balogun was handed another appearance in Arsenal colours during Thursday night's 3-0 Europa League win, an occasion he stepped off the bench as a second half substitute.

Arsenal ran away with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Molde in Norway as they maintained their 100 percent record to book a spot in the knockout stage of the competition.

It took the Folarin 'Jerry' Balogun just 37 seconds to open his senior account after stepping off the bench for the Mikel Arteta's young line-up.

The young striker underlined his predatory instincts with an accomplished finish with Arsenal scoring two goals in the second half through Nicolas Pepe and Nelson in the 50th and 55th minutes.

His introduction in the 82nd minute was an icing on the cake as he bagged their goal number twelve in the competition this season with a shot off the turn.

"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, It is important that I keep working hard to enjoy more moments like this". Balogun told Arsenal.com after the match.

He has also dedicated the latest feat to his family via his official Twitter account.

"Nice to achieve qualification! A special moment for me and my family"


Folarin Balogun was born in city of New York in July 2001 to a Yoruba family, he migrated to England at the age of two and his family settled in London.

He has represented both England and USA at under-18 level and also eligible to play for Nigeria on the international stage.

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