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Arsenal fans are mad: How did Arsenal missed the chance to sign the “best number 9 in the world”, because he was so big

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One of the best strikers in the world, Erling Haaland, plays for English Premier League champion Manchester City. He joined the team in the summer.

This season, the Norwegian has proven his class, and every club undoubtedly wishes they had him on their team.

The prolific goal scorer could have played for Arsenal instead of City as he propels City to another another league title.

The Gunners closely scouted the teenager while he was developing at the Norwegian club Molde.

John Vik, a former head scout at Molde, has said that they and other EPL teams just saw him as a target man and failed to recognize his enormous potential.

He tells The Athletic: ‘I think they (the English scouts) looked at him as a target man because he was so big.

I kept telling them, “He’s not a target man – if you’re going to judge him that way, you’re going to be disappointed”, I remember one occasion when the team were out in Spain.

Adding: ‘When they were seeing a big striker like Erling, they were seeing a target man and I think they forgot to look at what else he could do.

“Liverpool could have got him. Arsenal could have got him. Everyone was there to watch him but these clubs were seeing a No 9 who was tall and broad and, “Oh, he’s going to be a target man”. I couldn’t for the life of me see why they had narrowed him down that way.”

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