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Nikolaj Duus Möller joined Arsenal earlier last week, leaving many fans wanting to know more about the new centre-forward acquisition.
Let’s take a look at what we know about teenage Arsenal signing Nikolaj Duus Möller.
There’s no doubt Möller is having a great month. After scoring three goals in three games in September, he got a call-up to the Sweden u18s over the current international break. Then, Arsenal came in to sign him on transfer deadline day.
After completing the move, Möller wrote on Instagram: “Very proud and honoured to join this amazing club! Thank you for all messages! I’m going to put in 100% for the club!”
But playing in Swedish youth football, it’s understandable you may never have seen the youngster before. Thankfully, 101 Great Goals spoke to his former coach Robin Asterhed to find out a bit more about him.
“He can play as the target man and as the one who runs in behind,” Asterhed said. “Comparing to former Arsenal players, I would say maybe Kanu is the closest one. On the pitch, Niko is a really technical player.
“He can flick in behind, he can combine and he has a really good one touch. He also has the dribbling abilities but more and more the last year he has been less and less dribbling.
“He is a huge player. 194cm, 90kg and for this size, he is really mobile. He can run in behind, he is quick in the first meters and makes quite well-timed runs.”
Areas for improvement?
As with all young players, Möller has things he can work on. 18-year-olds are almost never the finished article, and this is no exception.
“The biggest potential weakness is that he can be too involved,” Asterhed admitted. “Instead he should tactically know how can I create space? How can I go away from the ball to get a better position? And to create more finishing chances.
“He can hit the ball really hard and really precise but maybe he comes to too few finishing situations to be a really successful number 9.”
To sum up, Möller needs to learn that sometimes it’s not about getting involved in the build-up play, but instead finding space in the box to score.
That’s certainly something he can work on. We also have one of the best in the business to learn from in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
It’s also something that’s often less of a problem when you play with better players, and don’t feel that same necessity to run over and help with the combination play. So let’s just see how Möller settles in.