Arsenal got their second win in two Europa League group stage matches with a 3-0 home stroll against Dundalk.
A three-goal salvo either side of half time got the job done and allowed Mikel Arteta a comfortable night’s work.
The availability of five substitutes allowed the Spaniard to give Florian Balogun his Gunners debut off the bench.
Having played the final 16 minutes, Balogun posted a message on Twitter after a big night in his burgeoning career.
As per the Irish Examiner, Balogun also explained in more detail what Gunners fans can expect from him in appearances to come.
“It’s been tough. I’ve been at a few other clubs doing trials and stuff like that but I’ve been working my way through the academy and I think as time has gone on I’ve become a better player.
“That’s shown in my performances and it’s good now to get the recognition that my performances deserve. (Arsenal fans) are going to see lots of energy, and I’d like to say lots of goals.
“I think I’d like to carry my performances from the youth team into the first team. That’s what got me here so it’s important I carry on playing the way I do.”
Arteta has given opportunities to young players and the likes of Bukayo Saka have come a long way under his stewardship.
Balogun is among the next crop hoping to emulate the progress of the young Gunners and a debut last night is a step in the right direction.
Strong runners and goalscorers will always get fans excited and the next step for Balogun is finding the back of the net for the senior side.
Eddie Nketiah is making that step and likely acts as an inspiration for the young forward as he makes his way in the game.
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