After academy graduates Joe Willock and Daniel Ballard’s success out on loan last season, Arsenal are planning to send as many as eight more young players out to gain some experience this summer. (Football London)
Per Mertesacker is the head of Arsenal’s academy and he has been making some interesting moves over the last year. A lot of changes have taken place behind the scenes, including many new signings on and off the pitch.
The likes of Nikolaj Moller, Omar Rekik, Jonathan Dinzeyi, Tim Akinola and George Lewis were all signed, and all of those acquisitions were viewed by people who follow the academy as brilliant moves.
After an impressive season for some and a difficult one for others, Arsenal have decided that it’s time to send a few youngsters out on loan to gain some valuable experience at first-team level.
Arsenal make eight academy stars available for loan
Defenders Ryan Alebiosu, Zak Swanson and Dinzeyi have all been named on the loan list, along with midfielders Tim Akinola, Ben Cottrell and Harry Clarke.
Norwegian attacker George Lewis has also been made available as well as Nikolaj Moller, the Swedish wonderkid who has been tipped to become the next Zlatan Ibrahimovic. (Goal)
It is unlikely that any of the above-mentioned players will receive interest from Premier League clubs, but a few of them can get themselves a move to a Championship side in the next few weeks.
Moller is definitely one to keep an eye on. The teenager scored seven goals and provided three assists for the under-23’s last season. He looked really impressive at times and a loan move away will do him a world of good.
Arsenal don’t really have a striker like Moller at the moment. Standing at almost 6ft 4in tall, the Swede’s heading is fantastic and his hold-up play is really impressive as well. A loan move could do wonders for his career but Mertesacker has to be wise with his choice of club.