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‘Unreal’, ‘exceptional’: Some fans blown away by 21-year-old Arsenal loanee’s display last night

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‘Unreal’, ‘exceptional’: Some fans blown away by 21-year-old Arsenal loanee’s display last night

Arsenal defender Daniel Ballard enjoyed an impressive debut in difficult circumstances for Blackpool last night.

Earlier this month, the Gunners academy ace joined the third-tier side on a loan deal until January.

Named on the bench for the home clash with Charlton, Ballard came on after just four minutes, a tactical change after James Husband was sent off right at the start of the game.

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Despite the baptism of fire, the 21-year-old shone for the Seasiders with a calm and composed display, even winning the club’s Man of the Match award on the night.

Sadly, Ballard couldn’t prevent his side from losing, Chuks Aneke scoring a header winner seven minutes from time.

The result was the Lancashire side’s fifth defeat in just seven league games, leaving them in the bottom four of League One.

Despite the doom and gloom amongst the Blackpool fanbase, many hailed Ballard for his display and were pleased to have such a talent on their hands.

Here is some of the reaction:


Ballard has excelled in the Arsenal academy, so much so that he has already gone on to represent Northern Ireland at senior level.

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