Partey time for Arteta as Ibrahimovic clone added to Arsenal youth ranks

Date published: Tuesday 6th October 2020 3:32

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Arsenal have continued to bolster their youth ranks with the signing of 18-year-old forward Nikolaj Moller from Swedish club Malmo.

Despite Gunners chief Mikel Arteta reportedly ending the transfer window ‘frustrated’ they have added another youngster to the ranks. At six feet two inches, Moller has been likened to Swedish legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic and will slot into Steve Bould’s Under-23 squad.

Goal are reporting that the talented hitman has penned a four-year deal at the Emirates, costing the Gunners around £450,000. It remains to be seen whether he is given any first-team chances but Arsenal tend to hand youth an opportunity.

The Sweden Under-19 ace’s capture comes in addition to the signing of 17-year-old Joel Ideho from Ajax on deadline day. The Netherlands Under-17 international has helped swell the youth squad, with the winger joining for an undisclosed fee.

Eight Under-23 or youth players were released ahead of the window closing. Bould now has a couple of class youngsters to help develop. In addition, the former Arsenal defender has also recruited George Lewis, Tim Akinola, Jonathan Dinzeyi and Omar Rekik.

It would be no surprise to see a few emerge in the senior squad as the campaign unfolds.

Partey to lift Gunners spirits

Despite an encouraging start to the Premier League season, there is still work to be done at the Emirates.

Maintaining that challenge will be key and the capture of midfielder Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid is a huge boost.

The 27-year-old Ghana international was signed on Monday and, according to Arteta, will add “great energy” to the team.

The Spanish tactician added to the club’s website: “He brings a lot of experience from a top club that has competed at the highest level in La Liga and the Champions League for several years.”

Never really a goalscoring midfielder, the African will add solidity to the centre of the park. With 27 international caps, he brings a wealth of experience along with fellow new recruit Willian.

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Next up is a trip to the Etihad Stadium on October 17 to face Manchester City, giving Partey time to find his feet.

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