Fans convinced that youngster in line to feature against Villarreal

Arsenal fans are convinced that Folarin Balogun will be included against Villarreal in the opening leg of their Europa League semi-final.

The striker was today announced as signing a new long-term contract, and the official Twitter account has been bigging-up the new deal throughout the day.

This isn’t the main reasoning behind the thinking however, as it was the Arsenal Under-23 team selection which got the brainwaves flowing.

Balogun was completely left out of the playing squad for today’s clash with Leicester’s Under-23 side, which eventually finished 1-1.

Some fans are convinced that the above confirms his involvement for Thursday.

Arsenal were without both Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on Friday, when they slumped to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Everton, and it remains to be seen whether either will be deemed fit to start come Thursday, which could well open the door for Balo.

Nketiah was selected on Friday, with Gabriel Martinelli the only attacking option off the bench, but there is hope that the 19 year-old’s contract will open the door for further minutes within the first-team.

The young forward already has two goals and assist in the competition in around an hour’s playing time, and anything close to that sort of record would help us seal a place in the final should he be selected.

Has Balogun done more in his limited minutes for Arsenal this season, than Nketiah has done with his?

Patrick

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2 Comments

  1. Prehm says:

    My line up for villareal game would be

    Ryan
    Bellerin Holding Gabriel Saka
    Partey Ceballos
    Pepe Oedegard Martinelli
    Auba/Balogun

    Smith rowe can come in from the sub and make a impact.

  2. durand says:

    I’d play Chambers at RB because Bellerin has shown nothing really in his last couple chances. Gabriel and Mari neither has outshined the other recently.

    I would probably go with Cedric at LB, and put Xhaka back into the midfield with Partey. Up top Pepe and Saka on the wings, Odegaard if he is 100%, and it’s the striker position that is uncertain.

    Is Auba fit? unlikely. Laca still out, so it’s down to Martinelli, Balogun, and Nketiah for a 9 if that is Arteta’s plan.

    Would not surprise me if any of the following with Arteta
    1. Nketiah gets another chance
    2.Martinelli starts as ST
    3. Willian as a false 9 with Saka and Pepe on the wings.

    I remain highly doubtful that Balogun gets a start, maybe a 10 minute appearance as a sub at best.

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