Folarin Balogun has scored an amazing goal for the Arsenal Under-23 side on Sunday to rescue a point away against Everton Under-23.
The homeside had taken the lead just before the break through Nathan Broadhead, despite the Gunners young pressed well in the opening 45 minutes as Balogun and Trae Coyle falling to convert their half-chances.
Things opened up a bit in the second half, and Trae Coyle and Folarin Balogun had further chances to get themselves on the scoresheet. They also both had penalty claims waved away, as Arsenal pushed for a deserved equaliser.
Balogun, 19, had been on a barren run before mouthwatering encounter with Everton on Sunday. After his hat-trick against Brighton two months ago, he struggled in front of goal in his next three games, then missed the next three through injury, then returned in a 3-0 defeat to Blackburn Rovers.
The young Gunners are desperately needed their star striker and club captain to perform on this occasion, and he did. After going close with a number of attempts, Balogun picked up the ball in midfield and drove at the Everton defence before curling a shot into the corner from outside the area. It was an excellent strike and no less than his performance warranted on the day.
The match ended 1-1, leaving the u23s 10th in the table. They’re four points clear of Leicester City and five clear of Southampton, the two teams between them and the relegation zone, but both sides have a game in hand.
The Gunners have four games left to play, facing 4th-place Derby County, 11th-place Leicester City, and bottom-of-the-table West Ham United twice, due to an earlier postponement.