Balogun admits “it was tough” but tries to find positives after Arsenal start

The newest young Arsenal striker Folarin Balogun has only been promoted to the first team squad this summer, but due to the Covid outbreak he was thrown into the starting line-up against Brentford in our opening game.

He could hardly get into the game though, and only managed 14 touches of the ball in the hour he was on the pitch before being replaced by Saka.

After that he got a 10-minute cameo at the end of the defeat to Chelsea, and was thankfully left on the bench during our embarrasment at the Etihad, but he admits that the terrible start to the season was hard for the youngster to take.

‘Regarding the way we’ve started the season, like many of the boys have said, the league isn’t decided in the first two or three games,’ Balogun told Astro SuperSport.

‘Of course it was tough for me personally, being my first season in the first team, but I know that I need to keep my head up and the first few games don’t decide the whole season so there’s still a lot of positives.

‘The message from the boss has just been to relax, to make sure that we keep things moving.

‘He’s made an effort to keep the morale around the camp very high. He doesn’t want us to start to feel bad or to start to lose motivation because that doesn’t help anyone.’

Obviously the positives are hard to find, and in fact have got the Gunners now priced at 150/1 to win the League.

Surprisingly the bookies have not totally lost faith in Arteta, and Arsenal are generally only 3/1 to get back into the Top Six before the end of this campaign, which is a bet that not many readers on justarsenal would be taking at the moment, but it shows that there is still belief in the process.

Arsenal have a relatively easy run of games after the international break, and hopefully he will have a fit and confident squad to ready to get back to winning ways. Arteta’s biggest job at the moment is to keep the players on board and to rebuild a winning mentality. Balogun agreed that Arteta is doing his best to do that: ‘The boss just tells me to keep faith, and part of the reason I signed a new deal is because I had faith in him and in the project he’s trying to do.

‘Of course the boss has a style of play and he has a philosophy like every other coach would, but I think it’s just a case of believing in what he says.

‘It’s clear the ambition he has for the club. He wants us back in Europe fighting for top, top trophies and competing at the highest level again.’

So why can’t we get back into the Top Six if he can instill some believe in the players minds.

Let’s keep the faith Gooners!

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  1. Give M.A a break, He will come good with time… Good crop of young squad with potentials to blossom in 2-3yrs time… Tho this was my Summer wishlist.
    Aarons White Gabi KT
    Partey Cantwell
    Pepe Vlazhovic Saka.

    1. Give Mikel a break? Why? Are you seeing the football we’re playing or not?!! There is no promise at all and not a single sign of growth! We actually got worse with him in charge.. Much worse! He doesn’t even deserve the backing he’s getting from the board and some of the fans! My heart is completely broken with what I am seeing.. He should’ve been sacked long ago and if we don’t get at least 7 points from our next 3 games he should be sacked immediately and not be given any extra minute!

  2. Honestly the club has made efforts to sign players. What Arsenal fans need to understand is, we are no longer in Europe and thus less attractive to players. Even if we could afford them and pay them, they wouldn’t come. So stop the bashings and back your team to rise gain.
    I know Arteta will have the last laugh. Arsenal now has a rb… expect better football. What folks dunno is there’s no way you can play well by just overloading one wing..ala Tierney..

    1. Keep your delusion with Arteta.. Its not just about signings.. Its about the areas we should have covered with these signings.. Its about renewing Xhaka and giving him a pay rise and the captaincy.. Its about the awful predictable style of play we are playing!

  3. “Arsenal at 150/1 to win the League”? The bookmakers need to extend those odds if they want any punters to lose their money on Arsenal. They are certainly tight with their odds, even 3/1 for top six is miserly in the extreme.

  4. Folarin Balogun needs to keep his chin up, knuckle down and work hard and things will get better.
    Harry Kane scored 2 goals against Hungary, but had 3 other opportunities one on one with the goalkeeper. If he was an Arsenal forward he wouldnt hear the end of it from some fans.

  5. Maybe Balogun can go on loan in Jan and Arsenal buy a strong forward to help us out now. There are not enough goals currently within the squad. Why can’t they see that ?
    I’m so worried!!

    1. G4l, it is the failure of the midfield to contribute goals and provide Arsenal’s forward line of Aubameyang, Lacazette, Pepe, Martinelli and Balogun with opportunities.

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