Arsenal Confirm Midfielder Signing – Here’s How He’ll Fit In To Wenger’s XI

By on January 31, 2014

With the January transfer window entering it’s final stages clubs are working hard to try and strengthen their squad for the second half of the season, so we’ll keep you up-to-date with all the latest news, gossip and rumours. Today, Gooner Mac gives us news of an Arsenal signing.

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Arsenal have finally confirmed the signing of Kim Kallstrom on loan from Spartak Moscow until the end of the season.

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The experienced Swedish international was surprisingly linked with a move to the Emirates this morning after Arsene Wenger confirmed he was in the market for another midfielder due to Aaron Ramsey being ruled out for up to six weeks.

The story soon snowballed with reports confirming the 31-year-old was at the clubs training ground undergoing a medical and discussing personal terms, and now the signing has been announced on Arsenal.com.

The boss has expressed his delight at bringing Kallstrom on board as he’s a vastly experienced midfielder who has over 100 caps for Sweden and is also eligible to play in the Champions League.

He used to be a fairly attack-minded player but has moved to become a more defensive midfielder in recent years as he’s entered the twilight years of his career. He’s left-footed and has been known to be a good long-range passer and excellent set-piece taker.

I think it’s clear we’ve bought him as a useful squad player and he certainly won’t command a first team place every week, but with Ramsey out, Flamini suspended for three games and Wilshere also struggling with niggling ankle problems, I’m sure he’ll get his fair share of game time.

Here’s a look at where I think he’ll be deployed by the boss and potentially who he’s up against for a starting spot while Ramsey is unavailable.

Like I said, Kallstrom wont be the first name on the team sheet and he’ll be deployed in the middle of the park and probably be looked as a fall-back option when the likes of Wilshere and Flamini are out.

He isn’t the big-money, ‘marquee’ signing that many had hoped for but perhaps he’s going to be a useful addition during the second half of the season, especially with all the injury problems we’ve had in midfield.

What do you think of the signing of Kallstrom? Share your thoughts below.

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16 Comments

  1. aan

    January 31, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    Kallstrom is a arteta with less quality

  2. Mick

    January 31, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    Very dissapointed hoped for better

  3. kariebi

    January 31, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    well i thank god 4 dis signing hope 2 c him play against crystal palace. I wish him d best of luck still hoping to see him score a goal in dat match. Tumbup kallstrom.

  4. shave moses

    January 31, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    I am very very much disapointed in asene wenger for not signing a striker.

  5. Joa Govt Joe

    January 31, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    I haven’t hear much about him, but Hopefully he helps in ending the drought. Wishing him al the best.

  6. Tim

    January 31, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    Stil looking 4ward to a striker

  7. Joa Govt Joe

    January 31, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    We still need a stricker to reinforce the team to the next level. The burden is too much on Giroud

  8. james oye

    January 31, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    let us not condemn arsene but hope for transformation remember our wenger is able to make something out of nothing. wish arsenal good luck.

  9. peter rusambi

    January 31, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    gud job but you still need to fitgh for goalgater striker a burden is too big to giroud

  10. soulmate

    January 31, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    Am nt after who arsenal wona buy or who they ve bought.wot am concern is that,they should solve striking problem.we need a gud striker n a pure winger.dat is our priority.nt midfielders or defenders

  11. Lee Harmon

    January 31, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    kallstrom gonna help us win the bpl,he has lot of experience at the top level.

  12. john

    February 1, 2014 at 12:59 am

    Tnk God, we finally made one signin, i hope dis lift d guys spirit as Ozil did n help win load of games n help end d trophy drought. Welcum kallstrom

  13. Olaitan b.l.

    February 1, 2014 at 1:32 am

    Definetely a panic buying, a 31-year old mid-fielder ? Not a GK. I hope not another Sylvestre.

  14. adnan

    February 1, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    In africa my home there is a proverb that says”in the eyes of an elderly person, the dark spot that you see is the one that enables him to see further” In wenger we trust.

  15. walter vannie omara

    February 1, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    Arsene wenger, this is whay you always do to us. Give us heart attack only because of being so economical… We needed a striker. OMG! Arsene……

  16. walter vannie omara

    February 1, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    You have your time, good luck boys hope you will do your best,. Come on Rosicky, Gibbs, Jack, Podolski, Arteta, Koscienly,…. Teach them what to do and my boy O’zil… Ramsey wish you a quick recovery. Santi great display. Keep it the spirit.

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