Arsenal: How the Gunners are finally correcting their Zlatan Ibrahimovic blunder

Ibrahimovic at Arsenal

You will have all heard the stories, the tales of regret, the embarrassing woes that have befallen Arsenal in the transfer market.

Once upon a time, they could have signed Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, who as we know, have become two of the best players ever.

But another who fell through their clutches was Zlatan Ibrahimovic, a striker who was kitted out in an Arsenal shirt and at the mercy of a contract with the Gunners.

Lo and behold, the Swedish striker didn't pen terms and moved elsewhere, eventually becoming one of the most feared and recognised footballers on the planet.

He has scored 476 goals at club level and is remarkably still going strong at the age of 39 - Ibrahimovic has found the back of the net on eight occasions in five Serie A matches this term for AC Milan.

Ibra is someone who has defeated COVID and come back bouncing, enjoying one of the most prolific campaigns of his life in a year where he approaches the age of 40. 

He is unparalleled in the way he goes about his business, often proclaiming that this is his world and we're all just living it.

Ibrahimovic at AC Milan in 2020

In Sweden, he is a godly figure and if Arsene Wenger had got things right, he would have been an Arsenal player.

In 2000, he spent a small period in north London but the great Arsenal manager missed out after not being won over by Zlatan's first impressions

Ibra claimed in 2016 that he was disgusted by the offer of a trial, telling Sky Italia: "I went to London for an appointment with Wenger, who asked me to audition for the Gunners. I told him 'I will not do a trial: either you take me or not, I'm not here to waste time." 

Strong words indeed from a striker who has never been afraid to voice his opinions.

Ibrahimovic playing against Arsenal for Ajax

If the Swede did say that it smacks of disrespect but little did we know the character he was to become.

"I'd like to show them (Arsenal) what they missed," the 39-year-old declared after signing for Ajax in 2001. 

He duly obliged, going on to star for the likes of Milan, Barcelona, PSG and Inter. He even had a short spell with Manchester United, finally embracing English life. 

However, 20 years on, Arsenal might finally be making up for their lack of judgement. That's because they have their very own Zlatan in the club's academy.

Ibrahimovic playing for Barcelona against Arsenal

Edu's transfer policy last summer revolved around the additions of Gabriel and Thomas Partey, but the north Londoners also brought a whole host of young players to Colney in a bid to improve the U23 team.

One of those players was Nikolaj Moller, an 18-year-old centre-forward who hails from Helsingborg in Sweden. 

He has scored three goals in three Premier League 2 outings this term and is already enjoying life in England. It's a promising start for a young striker who bears eye-catching similarities to the great Ibrahimovic.

For starters, he was regularly compared to the Swede during his stint at Bologna and it's no surprise why. The teenager stands at a colossal 6 foot 4 and is used to finding the back of the net with impressing regularity. 

Nikolaj Moller

Moller has started life at Arsenal so well that during the international break, he got to train with the senior team for the first time. He is taking baby steps, but slowly but surely, he is creeping into Mikel Arteta's plans.

It will be interesting to see how the prodigy develops, especially alongside other talented young forwards like Folarin Balogun and Eddie Nketiah. 

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