Nikolaj Moller got his loan to Viktoria Koln going with a brace and an assist in the Middle Rhine Cup on Monday night.

Nikolaj Moller with Viktoria Koln (Photo via Moller on Instagram)
Nikolaj Moller with Viktoria Koln (Photo via Moller on Instagram)

Just over a week ago, we wrote about the fact that Arsenal’s loan strikers were struggling to get off the mark in front of goal, with both Tyreece John-Jules and Nikolaj Moller failing to find the net before the end of October.

In Moller’s case, there were some mitigating circumstances. He hadn’t played quite as regularly due to an infection and an injury, making six appearances and four starts before Monday. He’d only completed 324 minutes in all.

The 19-year-old Arsenal striker got a rare chance to start in the Middle Rhine Cup on Monday, facing Untereschbach, and he took full advantage.

Within 15 minutes, Moller had the first goal of his loan spell, doubling an early Viktoria Koln lead. The striker received the ball inside the penalty area and knocked it past the goalkeeper for 2-0.

The hosts pulled a goal back before half-time, but Moller redoubled Koln’s lead after the break. This time he turned home a cross from Kai Klefisch in the box for 3-1.

Moller’s team started to run away with the game after that, and the striker assisted their sixth goal in the 84th minute, teeing up Albert Bunjaku. Viktoria Koln ended up winning 7-1 to progress to the next round.

The hope is obviously that this leads to further chances in the league games. Viktoria Koln travel to Turkgucu Munchen on Friday, and Moller will surely now be pushing for minutes.