Arsenal ace Folarin Balogun shares highlight goal immediately as first-team lose to Southampton in subtle dig to Gunners from overlooked talent left to fire hat-trick for Under-23s instead

Folarin Balogun has sent a serious message to Arsenal by sharing the highlight goal from his hat-trick for the Under-23s side last night just as the Gunners’ first-team have been beaten by Southampton.

Balogun was left to dominate at a level which is clearly and respectfully not challenging enough for him on Friday night, instead of being handed a chance to be part of the first-team this afternoon.

The 19-year-old bagged a hat-trick in a 5-0 win against Brighton last night, with the Arsenal academy account perhaps foolishly deciding to share the clip while the first-team were losing.

There’s only footage of this particular goal from the night so far, but what a mighty fine one it is. Balogun collected the ball deep and started a mazy run that ended with a fine goal.

Balogun fooled two Brighton players with one flip-flap style piece of skill, before knocking it past another Seagull and playing a one-two with Miguel Azeez.

Balogun looked ice-cold as the ball rolled into the box and he tucked it into the back of the net with a lovely finish.

Now the ace, who is free to leave this summer after rejecting contract offers from Arsenal, has shared the clip on his personal Twitter account just after the first-team’s loss to Southampton was confirmed.

Interestingly, Balogun has not quoted the Arsenal academy’s tweet or used the feature to post it with reference to the initial upload, instead sharing the footage himself.