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Arsenal were one of a number of English clubs to send scouts to watch Erling Braut Haaland in Molde’s Europa League qualifier on Wednesday, according to reports.
Norwegian outlet Aftenposten reports that Arsenal joined Brighton, QPR, Sheffield Wednesday and Birmingham City, among others, in watching the fixture. Their focus was reportedly on Haaland, who is impressing for the Norwegian first division side despite his young age.
In 14 league matches for Molde’s first team in 2018, Haaland has eight goals and one assist to his name. The vast majority of those goal contributions came in the last two weeks, including a four goal blitz in 21 first-half minutes against Brann.
Clearly he’s starting to catch the eye of some of the top clubs, so it makes sense that Arsenal would want to watch him in action in a slightly more competitive setting like the Europa League qualifiers.
Unfortunately, it didn’t go so well for Molde and Haaland. They lost 2-1, and he didn’t manage to get on the scoresheet. We’ll see if they can turn it around in the second leg in Norway though.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted there’s a lot of interest in the striker, and they’ve already received and rejected offers from “good clubs” this year. Arsenal will have to make a convincing proposal to change Molde’s mind.