Arsenal are set to send academy striker Nikolaj Moller to German outfit FC Viktoria Koln on loan for the 2021/22 season, according to football.london.
Moller has snubbed higher calibre sides to join the third-tier club, who ended last season 12th in the table. Olaf Janßen’s side convinced the 18-year-old of the move to Sportpark Hohenberg as they could guarantee him more game time than their vial suitors.
Academy chief Per Mertesacker has been working to secure a loan move for Moller to help continue his development. The forward has impressed Gunners chiefs with his efforts since joining the north Londoners from Malmo last summer.
Mertesacker is also keen to find temporary homes for Ben Cottrell, George Lewis and Tim Akinola. Moller’s name was listed on a shortlist of available prospects sent out to potential suitors based in the UK. However, he favoured the chance to prove himself at Viktoria Koln.
Mikel Arteta is yet to name Moller in any of his Arsenal first-team squads since the 19-year-old joined the club, but has included him in training sessions. The Swedish attacker was prolific in the U23s last term, though, with seven goals in 18 PL2 fixtures and three assists.
Moller also featured on the wing to show the Gunners how he can stretch opposition defences. And will now look to take his career up a notch in Germany in search of his senior debut.
The striker only featured twice as an unused substitute for Bologna in September 2019 while on loan from Malmo. Instead, he remained firmly a part of their U17 squad, with three goals in 19 appearances.
Arsenal will want Moller to step up at Viktoria Koln
Arsenal will want Moller to make the step up to senior football once his Viktoria Koln loan is confirmed. They spent a lot of money on his unproven potential last summer, with the towering centre-forward setting Arteta’s side back €5m (£4.5m).
The Gunners acquired a very promising prospect for that, and Moller has since shown his potential in the Arsenal academy. Sportbladet had already dubbed him the next Zlatan Ibrahimovic before moving to north London, too.
Moller has a strong technical ability and at 6 ft 4, also offers a towering attacking presence. One that Viktoria Koln will hope helps fire Janßen’s side closer to the promotion places next season.