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Folarin Balogun playing against Brighton u23s (Photo via David Price)
Folarin Balogun scored a hat-trick to continue his recent run of form as the Arsenal u23s made it five wins in a row on Friday.
On the back of victories over Blackburn Rovers, Everton, Derby County, and Leicester City, Arsenal u23s hosted Brighton and Hove Albion on Friday looking to start off the new year in the same vein.
Steve Bould had a strong side at his disposal, with Joel Lopez returning from injury at left-back, Joseph Olowu making his first appearance after his loan, whilst recent senior debutants Folarin Balogun, Ben Cottrell, and Miguel Azeez also started.
Another recent injury sufferer, George Lewis, was also back on the bench.
Azeez quickly opened the scoring, firing in from the edge of the box in the sixth minute. Balogun got the assist, though Azeez still had a lot to do when he picked the ball up.