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.
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Hopefully he’ll turn it out to be our own little ‘Muller’
Unfortunately whenever I see his name I think of Andreas Moller after putting the deciding penalty into the roof of the net to end England’s campaign in Euro 96.
He stands there with his hands on his hips as Seaman looks on, devastated.
Man, I really used to care about national football. I probably care more about the Emirates cup than England’s chances this summer.
Likewise, but then again I support Italy lol
International football is good but then I support Germany – that game against Brazil and beating them in their own back yard 7-1 was epic
What makes you think England have a better chance than Italy?
Funny how the bloke that missed that penalty is now the current England manager (Gareth Southgate)….
The 90’s were brutal, some of the tackles I saw in that game were shocking
Gerd outta here!
He’s a different type of striker, more Oli G than Auba and if he develops nicely he could be a good future option for us. Good luck to him, I hope he gets a decent club loan and does well.
Nice to see. Hopefully he becomes a good pro player and gives Arsenal some upside. A nice loan at 19 years old, is the thing we should have done with Balogun. Probably a second loan after that and then we can really think about where he is going.We could definitly do with a technical targetman.
Didn’t they just activate a year’s extension to his contract? Or is that so that they can get a transfer fee?