Arsenal of England youth team player, Folarin Balogun hit headlines for the wrong reason at the start of this weekend, as he got his first career red card while in action for The Gunners, megasportsarena.com reports.
Despite getting sent off in the second half of his side’s latest encounter, Balogun would take consolation from seeing them record their first ever back-to-back wins and clean sheets in the English Premier League 2.
His side’s 1-0 victory over Everton at Emirates Stadium in London on Friday afternoon made up for personal gloom, as Balogun was sent off in the 62nd minute after receiving a second yellow card, making it the very first time for him in Premier League 2.
The 19-year-old saw his first yellow card of the game in the 52nd minute and ten minutes later he was cautioned again for simulating a foul in the penalty area, during a terse fixture in which he started alongside fellow-Nigerian-born lad, Tim Akinola, as well as The Gunners’ first team trio of Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Calum Chambers and William Saliba.
Coach of the side, Steve Bould handed starts to Balogun upfront and Akinola in central midfield, while Nigerian-born goalkeeper, Arthur Okonkwo ended up as a non-playing substitute, as The Gunners broke the deadlock in the ninth minute.
The lead came when Emile Smith Rowe finished off a delivery from Ben Cottrell, after home team keeper, Macey served a counter-attack into midfield, while another Nigerian-born lad, Miguel Azeez, on as a substitute at half time, was presented with an opportunity in the 59th minute to double Arsenal’s advantage but fired wide with his left foot.