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‘Really happy’: Thierry Henry has showered praise on Arsenal youngster, admires decision he made this summer
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‘Really happy’: Thierry Henry has showered praise on Arsenal youngster, admires decision he made this summer

Speaking to Amazon Prime Video Sport France, Thierry Henry has been full of praise for Arsenal youngster Folarin Balogun.

The Arsenal legend was speaking ahead of Balogun’s next Ligue 1 game, where Stade Reims visit Toulouse.

Balogun has enjoyed a fantastic start to the season, scoring five goals and providing two assists already.

In fact, only Neymar and Kylian Mbappe have outscored the 21-year-old at this stage of the season.

Henry couldn’t praise Balogun enough when asked about the young forward.

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He was especially impressed with his decision to leave England.

This may be down to former Arsenal forward Alexandre Lacazette.

Balogun admitted was trying to convince him to move to France last season.

Leaving Arsenal was the right call by Balogun this summer, as he would have really struggled for game time at The Emirates.

Mikel Arteta’s attack is already very settled, and even Eddie Nketiah is only getting cameos off the bench in the league.

Henry full of praise for Balogun

As translated by Get French Football News, Henry said:  “I’m really happy for him because in general English players don’t go abroad.

“Normally players are loaned either to another Premier League side or in the Championship.

“He’s a very English-style player who likes to run down the channels but he was missing something, which was his finishing.”

“He’s now starting to score goals regularly and I’m happy for that – happy he has gone abroad.

“It’s especially so considering he is a Londoner, in general Londoners struggle to leave London.

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“When I heard he was coming to France, it made me think he has a refreshing mindset.”

Balogun will be hoping he continues to draw praise from Henry for his performances.

If he does, he will give Mikel Arteta some very difficult decisions to make next season.

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