'Better than Mari': Some fans hail Arsenal player's 'immense' display for his country last night
Arsenal loanee Daniel Ballard continues to make a name for himself away from the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners academy graduate hasn’t played a competitive game for his parent club yet.
But Arsenal and Northern Ireland fans are becoming increasingly impressed with his efforts.
Ballard was on loan at Blackpool last season and helped the Lancashire club earn promotion to the Championship.
The Arsenal defender is now on loan at Millwall and is firmly in their starting plans, having made five league appearances.
And this month, Ballard broke into double figures for senior international caps.
On Thursday, the 21-year-old made his 10th appearance for NI and helped his nation to a 0-0 draw with Switzerland.
Ballard is looking like a top talent with a high ceiling, and there’s plenty of excitement from fans of club and country.
Here’s what some Arsenal and Northern Ireland fans said on Twitter:
@Arsenal can we call back Daniel Ballard he’s a Unit 100% better than mari!— Sambiszn🇧🇪 (@MikeAFC12) September 8, 2021
Daniel Ballard was immense tonight— Fergalicious (@Jack_Fergie_19) September 8, 2021
Daniel Ballard is better than Ben White…pass it on!!— Dave Andrews (@daveandrews205) September 8, 2021
Id take Daniel Ballard back at Arsenal in the morning 🤔 Fella would stick his head in a cement mixer if he saw the ball. Shane Lavery had some game too, NI were unlucky there tonight.— neil (@neil1886) September 8, 2021
Really hope @Arsenal give Daniel Ballard a chance!! What a player— Adam (@AdamMcc97) September 8, 2021
Daniel Ballard is every inch a Premiership defender.— Spirit Of 2016 Podcast🎙 (@SpiritOf2016Pod) September 8, 2021
Honestly it’s Mount at Derby levels of ridiculous that he’s in the championship— Alfie Wilson (@alfieeswilson) September 8, 2021
Daniel Ballard should be starting for Arsenal #GAWA— Phil Moreland (@pmoreland4590) September 8, 2021