ON-LOAN Arsenal starlet Folarin Balogun copied Thierry Henry’s celebration following his latest strike for Reims – after a chat with the legend.
The 21-year-old pounced in the sixth minute of additional time to earn the Ligue 1 club a draw at the home of reigning champions Paris Saint-Germain.
He then raced towards the corner flag and recreated one of Henry’s iconic celebrations from his time playing for France.
Balogun took to social media after the game to share a twin-up of both his and Henry’s pose.
And he captioned it with: “Spoke to Titi before the game! Only right I show my respect.”
Balogun, who has scored seven in 13 caps for England U21s but is also eligible for both the USA and Nigeria at international level, joined Arsenal’s academy way back in 2008.
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He has struggled to make the breakthrough at the Emirates at senior level, playing just twice in the Premier League.
The forward spent the second half of last season in the Championship on loan at Middlesbrough and found the net three times.
But after agreeing to spend the current campaign in France with Reims, he has discovered his goalscoring touch with 11 in 19 Ligue 1 appearances.
After the game, Balogun’s manager William Still said of the ace: “He is a super complete striker, he is able to play with his back to goal, in depth. It is technically very clean. He scores, he is decisive.”
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Premier League leaders Arsenal could certainly do with Balogun in their ranks at the moment.
Despite being five points clear of Manchester City, they are without first-choice forward Gabriel Jesus through injury.
That has left fellow youngster Eddie Nketiah, 23, to lead the line but he has been in fine form himself with seven goals in his last eight matches.
Source: Soccer - thesun.co.uk