Arsenal registered their second victory of their UEFA Europa League group stage campaign with a comfortable 3-0 home triumph over Dundalk on Thursday evening at the Emirates Stadium.
With the Gunners looking as though they would be forced to head back to the dressing room for the half time interval with the scores still level, quick-fire goals from Eddie Nketiah and Joe Willock fired the home side into a 2-0 lead just before the break.
And before Dundalk had even had the chance to think about staging a second half fightback, the Gunners extended their advantage to 3-0, with Nicolas Pepe firing home an emphatic effort less than a minute into the second period.
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From that moment onwards, Arsenal huffed and puffed in the hope of adding more goals to their tally, but Dundalk stood firm and left the Emirates Stadium with a respectable scoreline in tow.
But with the game already sealed and the points in the bag, Mikel Arteta, the Gunners head coach, made the decision to hand a senior debut to highly-rated striker Folarin Balogun, who came on with 16 minutes to go to replace Nketiah.
Balogun is one of the most highly-rated prospects emerging from the Gunners’ youth ranks and is tipped to have a massive future ahead of him, so much so that Championship club Brentford and Premier League Sheffield United showed an interest in him over the summer.
However, no move came to fruition and he remained at the Emirates Stadium.
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