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Report: 6’3” Arsenal prospect set for European loan move; Mertesacker wants him to develop abroad

Arsenal academy prospect Nikolaj Moller is set to join 3. Liga side FC Viktoria Koln on loan for next season.

According to Football London, the 6’3” Swedish attacker will join the third-tier German side in the coming days.

Moller is one of Arsenal’s highest-rated players coming through their youth system. And the striker impressed last campaign at U-23 level.

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As per the report, academy chief Per Mertesacker chose Viktoria Koln over offers from top clubs as he not only wants Moller to play first-team minutes, but to experience playing abroad.

Several Arsenal prospects have been sent away from England to develop on loan deals. Most notably Emile Smith Rowe and Reiss Nelson, who both went to Germany during the 2018/19 season.

Indeed, the Gunners have already loaned out many youth prospects this summer. William Saliba has joined Marseille in what will be his third loan spell away from Arsenal.

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The likes of Ben Cottrell, George Lewis and Tim Akinola are also likely to leave on loan in the coming weeks.

Insider View: Loan deal will aid Arsenal prospect Moller greatly

Arsenal’s steady stream of youth talent has been one of the shining lights for the club over the past few years. And their successful loan approach during that time has played a big role in that success.

Indeed, Moller proved last campaign in Premier League 2 that he has the quality to compete at a first-team level.

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And the club and player have made the correct decision in choosing a club where the striker will play regular senior football in a competitive league.

Being based in a big city like Cologne will also help Moller make the transition from London to Germany.

And with Viktoria a side aiming for promotion to the second-tier, the Swedish striker will be eager to aid the club to the top of the 3. Liga table.

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