Arsenal are swamped with work to do this summer and plenty of it is in need of being hurried up. The season starts in three weeks and with no major sales and no additions yet to impact the starting lineup, it’s time for some action.
Fortunately, that isn’t the case in the youth setups where the pool of talent is constantly bombarded with offers for loan deals. Clubs across the continent view academies like Arsenal‘s as the perfect place to snatch some young talent for next to nothing.
Per Mertesacker has been overseeing considerable changes in the youth sides, making wholesale player alterations, restructuring the way the Under-23’s and below can make the jump into senior action as well as a reshuffle of staff.
Steve Bould was recently removed from his post as Under-23 manager following a poor season in which the Gunners dodged relegation from Premier League 2 on the final day of the campaign.
Arsenal Under-23 striker Nikolaj Moller to seal summer loan transfer to FC Viktoria Koln on one-year deal this window
Despite the side’s struggles, there were a number of players in the squad who impressed. One of those was Nikolaj Moller, who only joined from Malmo FF for a fee of £450k in October of last year.
Playing both in his favoured centre-forward role as well as in wide berths, he notched seven goals and three assists in 18 league outings for Bould’s struggling side, form which prompted him to partake in senior training on a few occasions.
As per football.london, the Swedish striker – obviously compared to Zlatan Ibrahimovic – will join German side FC Viktoria Koln on a one-year loan deal.
Operating in 3. Liga, the equivalent of League One in England, Moller will importantly move somewhere where he is going to be guaranteed regular minutes.
While the third division of German football is perhaps not the most glamorous option, the most important aspect is him playing weekly football – and the risks of moving to English sides in the Championship and League One is the high stakes nature of the divisions means things can change quickly.
Eddie Nketiah is an example of this.
With Moller only being 19, this is the first step towards what is hoped to be an exciting career. Standing at 6’4″, Moller boasts surprising technical ability and his movement in and around the box is mature in the sense of it not being reactive or overzealous. Should be a good move for him.