It emerged yesterday that Arsenal have made a host of youngsters available for loan, with Nikolaj Moller one of the most prominent players who is set to be spending next season elsehwere.
Moller’s first season at Arsenal following his switch from Malmo wasn’t exactly perfect but he did make a significant contribution, scoring seven goals in 18 games for the U23s.
Without Moller’s impact it is very possible that the U23s could have been relegated, and he also demonstrated his impressive linkup play by providing three assists.
The 18-year-old evidently possesses qualities that would be of great use in League One, or whatever division he is sent to. Moller is tall and is very effective at winning the ball in the air, while he also has a good tactical understanding of the game in terms of knowing when to make the right runs.
It is true, though, that Moller does need to be slightly more clinical in front of goal. This season, for instance, there were several opportunities when he missed inviting chances to find the net.
Overall, though, the decision to send Moller on loan seems to be the correct one and it will hopefully develop his overall game before he can return to Arsenal and eventually challenge for a place in the first-team squad.
With Arsenal not having any European football next season it appears that more youngsters could go on loan as they are unlikely to receive many first-team opportunities.