Monday, February 03, 2014


Injured: It will be at least the end of February before Kim Kallstrom is available for selection

I begin to wonder why would Wenger sign a player who is injured and would be out for like five weeks?

Arsenal have dropped the ball on this one, clogging up the treatment room after confirming that Injured Kim Kallstrom will be staying on loan at the Emirates until the end of the season.

What that means is that Kallstrom will join Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere, the two central midfielders he was supposed to be deputising for as they recover from injury.

As Arsenal cruised to a 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace on Sunday, Mikel Arteta gave them another scare when he came off with a foot injury. ‘It was a kick,’ admitted Wenger.

The situation with Kallstrom is really a setback for Arsenal after leaving it until 5pm on January 31 to push the button on a recruit.

Spartak Moscow will foot the bill for his wages for the first six weeks, but Arsenal don’t need another crock around the place with 14 games left of the Barclays Premier League.

Who knows what Kallstrom will bring to the table because Wenger admitted that there are no guarantees we will ever see the Sweden international midfielder pull on the Arsenal jersey.

The  thirty one year old has a micro-fracture of his vertebrae, an uncomfortable condition that requires much rest and plenty of rehab following his move from Moscow. 

His last contribution to the Russian club was an assist for Abdul Rajeed in a 1-0 victory over Rostov in the Olympic Stadium as far back as December 8. He has not kicked a ball since.

Spartak, who are not scheduled to play again until they travel to Terek Grozy on March 7, seem happy enough to let Arsenal have him.

‘It crossed my mind not to sign him on Friday night and if we had two or three days more then maybe we wouldn’t have done it,’ admitted Wenger.

‘At some stage during the season we have had all our central midfielders - Flamini, Wilshere, Arteta, Ramsey, Chamberlain and Cazorla - missing.

‘It crossed my mind to do the deal on Wednesday after Ramsey had surgery. It was a free loan, we were offered him on Wednesday and we decided to do it.’

Selection headache: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger must keep his squad fresh for the season
The best case scenario is for Kallstrom to return at the beginning of March and be involved around the time they travel to the Britannia Stadium to play Stoke in the Premier League.

For the time being he will be under the supervision of Arsenal physio Colin Lewin until he can join first-team training with the rest of the players.

‘Let us establish the truth,’ added Wenger. ‘He felt his back two days before the medical. We discovered a micro-fracture and we have all played with them.

‘It is on his vertebrae, so the best case scenario is for him to play at the end of February, not before.’

Kallstrom has been on Wenger’s radar for some time, a player noted for his composure and control in his native country Sweden.

He has undoubted pedigree after a decent enough pro career in Ligue 1 with Rennes and Lyon before his arrival in Moscow in 2012.

Watching on: Kim Kallstrom (back left) watched Arsenal's victory over Crystal Palace from the sidelines
This deal does not make any sense at all. It would have being better if Arsenal hadn't signed any player at all. Wenger does not regard the January transfer window anyway. So why go for a player who is injured and kicked the ball last on December 8?

We hope for the sake of the loyal fans of the club who have being yearning for a trophy since 2005 that this blunder by Wenger will not affect the chances of the team in getting a major title in Nine years.

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