Arsenal wonderkid Nikolaj Moller has been praised for his development since joining the club on transfer deadline day. The 18-year-old striker has the ability to play at the “top level” according to talent-spotter Robin Asterhed, who has compared Moller to Nwankwo Kanu and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Arsenal secured a deal to sign Moller from Malmo on transfer deadline day in a deal worth £500,000.
The Gunners initially planned for him to slot into the youth ranks, but he has now been promoted to the first-team setup.
Moller’s signing went slightly under the radar when he joined, as he signed on the same day as big-money arrival Thomas Partey.
He is yet to make an appearance for the senior side, but has impressed in the youth teams, scoring three goals in four games in the Premier League 2 with one assist.
Arsenal’s acquisition of him came somewhat out of the blue, as there hadn’t been too much speculation linking him with any rival clubs.
But one Arsenal academy official told Goal that he has been contacted by scouts of other sides questioning how they managed to find him without any competition.
“We’ve had a lot of people from other clubs say ‘bloody hell, how did we miss him?’,” a senior figure within Arsenal’s academy told Goal.
And Asterhed expressed that he feels Moller has the ability to be a leading figure for Arteta’s firt-team side.
“That was quite big news in Sweden,” the Copenhagen under-19 head coach, who worked with Moller at Malmo, said. “The excitement of his talent is definitely growing.
“If you break out all the qualities that a striker requires, Niko has them.
“When he gets a really hard, high pass, he can bring it in at quite high speeds. He can dribble, and when he has the opportunity to finish, he can do that as he has the quality to hit the ball really well. So if you bring all those skills together, he’s a super talent.
“The thing that I think about him is when it comes to a higher level when the space is smaller and everything goes faster, he still has something to develop to connect all those skills together and produce them in the game. He still needs to work on that.
“Nico has the quality to play at a really high level.
“In some ways, he’s like [Nwankwo] Kanu. Maybe he doesn’t dribble as much as Kanu, but he has the ability to do that.
“The Ibra comparisons, I think, are mostly because of his time in Italy. But there are some similarities with a young Ibra, definitely.
“I think what sets them apart is the relentless pursuit of winning of Ibra. That decisiveness is not Nico’s strength at this point.”
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