FOLARIN BALOGUN curled in a beautiful goal for Middlesbrough – much to the delight of fans at Arsenal.
The 20-year-old Gunners striker joined the Championship club on loan in January until the end of the season.
And the England Under-21 star underlined his potential with a stunning strike in Boro’s 2-0 win at Birmingham on Tuesday evening.
The Arsenal academy product – who is known as Flo – cut inside his marker on the edge of the box before shaping a right-foot curler past keeper Joe Lumley and high into the net.
It was his second goal in three games for Chris Wilder’s side and his best moment so far in a Boro shirt.
Former Arsenal winger Sanchez Watt was among those who took to Twitter to say well done.
Watt tweeted: “Watched him train at Hale End… different breed. #Baller”
Arsenal fan @RuPops1 also posted his views on Twitter, adding: “We’re all fully invested in this kid.
“He appears to have all the raw ingredients to make it into our first team.”
Championship sides Bournemouth, Sheffield United and Swansea were also keen on taking Balogun on loan before he opted for the Riverside.
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French giants Saint-Etienne also sent their top scout to watch him late last year.
But with Gunners forwards Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah both out of contract in the summer, Balogun may have a role to play in Mikel Arteta’s Champions League chasing side next season.