Arsenal’s season is going so well that they are able to do without a striker who is eclipsing Kylian Mbappe in the French goalscoring charts. Rise of Ligue 1 hotshot Folarin Balogun as Thierry Henry input to benefit Arsenal again. When Gabriel Jesus went down injured at the World Cup, there may have been a collective sharp intake of breath in the north-east of France.
Rise of Ligue 1 hotshot Folarin Balogun as Thierry Henry input to benefit Arsenal again
Could Reims be about to see their star striker recalled from his season-long loan in January to cover for Jesus? In the event, the Gunners did not take that option. Reims fans can thank Eddie Nketiah for helping protect their young, in-form, English goal machine. Folarin Balogun remains a Reims player and guided by a 30-year-old English manager, he is making waves in France’s top flight. Balogun, who also scored a dramatic last-minute equalizer against PSG last weekend, is one of the form players in Europe’s top five leagues right now. So how did he come to join Reims, why has his development been so rapid and what are Arsenal’s plans for his future?