Swedish teenager Nikolaj Moller has been training with the Arsenal first-team this week, as manager Mikel Arteta keeps a close eye on the promising youngster.

Who is Nikolaj Moller?

The striker joined from Malmo on deadline day last month. He has since featured for the club’s under-23s, scoring three times in as many games.

His positive start to life in north London has been rewarded. With much of Arsenal’s squad away on international duty, Moller has trained with the senior players as they prepare for next week’s match against Leeds.

Nikolaj Moller compared to Zlatan and Kanu

Standing at 6ft 4in tall, Moller is an intimidating figure already at just 18 years of age. Comparisons have been made with Zlatan Ibrahimovic given the pair’s shared nationality.

However, Robin Asterhed, who worked with Moller at Malmo, feels that the giant Swede has more in common with an Arsenal legend of the past instead.

“He can play as the target man and as the one who runs in behind. Comparing to former Arsenal players, I would say maybe Kanu is the closest one,” he said, as reported by HITC.

Arsenal fans will hope that Moller can emulate the Nigerian forward in years to come.


Kanu won two Premier League titles and two FA cups during his five-year stay in north London between 1999 and 2004.

Gillingham v Arsenal U21 - Papa John's Trophy
GILLINGHAM, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 10: Nikolaj Moller of Arsenal controls the ball under pressure from Zech Medley of Gillingham during the match between Gillingham and Arsenal U21 at Priestfield Stadium on November 10, 2020 in Gillingham, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

A different option

Moller would certainly offer something different to Arteta if he is given a first-team opportunity soon.

The young forward has previously spent time with Bologna’s youth team. He feels that his time in Italy helped him become a more complete player.

“I look at football completely differently now. It used to be playing as a target player, but there is so much more,” he told Football Skane, as reported by Leeds Live.

Arsenal faltering

Arsenal have failed to score in their last two home matches. They were humiliated by Aston Villa 3-0 before the international break.

That loss could lead to the Spanish coach ringing the changes when the team return to action. A call-up for Moller seems unlikely at this stage, but cannot be completely ruled out.

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