By Mark Smith

26th Mar, 2022 | 12:00pm

Arsenal: Folarin Balogun must avoid making same mistake as Eddie Nketiah as Deja Vu strikes

Arsenal fans will have had a sense of Deja Vu watching Folarin Balogun score for England under-21s against Andorra on Friday evening.

The young striker scored the opening goal in a 4-1 win and certainly started to follow in the footsteps of Eddie Nketiah and what he has done in the past for the Three Lions.

Nketiah is now the record goalscorer for the under-21s, although that has failed to show in his senior club performances for Arsenal when given the chance.

Balogun is currently on loan at Middlesbrough in the Championship, a path that Nketiah also took in the past but with Leeds United under Marcelo Bielsa.

Mikel Arteta will be watching closely after giving the young striker his full debut in the Premier League season-opening defeat at Brentford last year.

Nketiah has been fighting for that role too behind Alexandre Lacazette and has been given the nod off the bench 11 times this season with no starts, equalling only 114 minutes.

Those minutes have only equated to one assist and zero goals, a record that isn’t good enough.

Balogun, on the other hand, has played 70 minutes in the Premier League with no goals or assists to his name and the likelihood is growing that Arsenal will splash out on another striker this summer.

Nketiah is yet to agree to a new contract at The Emirates, meaning he is set to leave for potentially nothing when he has previously been labelled as the next big thing in North London.

We cannot let that happen with Balogun who is going down the same path with freakish similarity, and Arteta will know that he needs to do something different in order to stop that.

In other Football Wonderkids news, Rangers sensation Alex Lowry has shone for Scotland’s Under-19s this week