Folarin Balogun comes on to score after just THREE minutes for Monaco

Folarin Balogun scores THREE minutes after coming on as a substitute for Monaco during their Ligue 1 clash vs Lorient in his second appearance for the club

  • Folarin Balogun scored after three minutes of being on the pitch for his new club 
  • The ex-Arsenal star joined Monaco this summer and was brought on as a sub 
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Folarin Balogun has got off to a dream start to life at his new club Monaco, scoring his first goal for the club just three minutes after coming off the bench during their their 2-2 draw against Lorient. 

It was only his second appearance for the Ligue 1 outfit, but his goal was not enough to help Monaco secure three points against Lorient, with Romaine Favre scoring in the seventh minute of injury time to halve the spoils. 

Balogun came on in the 66th minute as a substitute for Wissam Ben Yedder and was immediately involved in the action, scoring on the 69th minute after Aleksandr Golovin picked him out in the penalty area and he held off a defender before finishing with his left foot.

Balogun had making his debut during Monaco’s 3-0 victory against Lens before the international break, returning an assist during that match. 

The centre-forward bid farewell to Arsenal earlier this summer, after sealing a £34million move to the French outfit. 

Former Arsenal striker Folarin Balogun (pictured) scored his first goal for Monaco after being on the field for just three minutes

Balogun signed for the club earlier this summer, sealing a £34million deal to join the Ligue 1 outfit, making an assist in his debut for the club prior to the international break in a 3-0 win vs Lens

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The 22-year-old, who scored 21 league goals while on loan at Remis last season, said it had been an honour to play for Arsenal before sealing a permanent move to France.

He he also claimed that former Arsenal legend, Thierry Henry had been a big influence in his decision to move to Monaco while also claiming it was an ‘easy decision to join the club.’

He wrote on Instagram: ‘With a heavy heart, I say goodbye to my boyhood club.’ Balogun wrote on Instagram.

‘I was 8-years-old when I first came to Hale End and every academy player walks through the gates and dreams of making their debut for the first team.

‘My teammates, the coaches, the staff – thank you to all of you and I’m grateful for the times we shared. It’s time for a new challenge and one that I’m excited for,’ he added.

‘Thank you Arsenal Football Club. It was an honour to wear the badge.’

The USA star had attracted interest from clubs around Europe, including Fulham and Chlesea. 

After Benin striker Aiyegun Tosin fired Lorient ahead in the second minute with his first goal for the club, Golovin equalized in the 17th with midfielder Youssouf Fofana setting him up.

Former Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy (middle) came on for Lorient in the 70th minute for his debut 

Former Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy came on for Lorient in the 70th minute for his debut. 

The left back, who won the World Cup with France in 2018, signed a two-year deal with Lorient in July, after he was found not guilty of raping a woman and the attempted rape of another. He had not played for City since 2021.

In later matches, Marseille was at home to Toulouse and struggling Lyon hosted Le Havre after parting ways with coach Laurent Blanc.

Monaco, who have won two games and now drawn two games this season, meanwhile sit top of the French first division, one point clear of Brest, who at the time of writing are currently 2-1 up against Nice. 


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