Speaking to L’Équipe, Stade de Reims’ on-loan Arsenal forward Folarin Balogun (21) said that his formative club are like “family” to him.
Balogun is on a season-long loan to the Ligue 1 side and has begun the season in style. In his first eleven matches, he has six goals and one assist. In an interview with L’Équipe, he spoke glowingly of his parent club.
“Arsenal is my family! For me, the club represents brotherhood and unity. There, I learned always to push my limits. I remember from training the permanent desire to progress on a technical level. For example, we had to control the ball for 45 minutes without letting it touch the ground. I even practiced that this morning [Thursday] in training,” said Balogun.
He continued, “Thierry Henry, the legend, who sometimes coached us, taught us that technical quality was the basis for everything. The more [quality] we have, the more time we have to decide what to do with the ball and see things before others.”