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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has paid tribute to Arsenal striker Folarin Balogun.

The 19-year-old came off the bench to bag his first senior goal for the Gunners in last night’s 3-0 win away to Molde in the Europa League.

Balogun has been on the fringes of breaking through at Arsenal for around 18 months but now he’ll look to kick on.

Aubameyang has seen up close what sort of potential the young hitman has after spending time with him in training at London Colney.

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He told Football London: “For sure, he is very, very talented, and he shows every time he trains with us that he’s a really great talent and he works a lot and is a humble guy as well.”

Balogun and Aubameyang are both strikers and yet polar opposites in terms of achievement.

While Balogun is only beginning his career, Aubameyang is 31 and has been arguably the Premier League’s finest goalscorer since arriving in England three years ago, despite being in the middle of a sticky patch right now.

But both players had something in common only a few months ago in that neither striker was certain where their long-term future was, with the duo only contracted to the Emirates Stadium side until 2021.

Aubameyang has since signed a new deal but there remains uncertainty over Balogun, though maybe Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta will be hoping that his skipper can convince the teen that North London is the best place for his career, long term.

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