Arsenal set to sign Kim Kallstrom on loan from Spartak Moscow
Kallstrom will be the only January deadline arrival at the Emirates as Arsene Wenger strengthens his midfield
January 31st, 2014
Julian Draxler won’t be arriving at Arsenal this winter although Kim Kallstrom will be a Gunner until the end of the campaign, with the Swede arriving in England on Friday to complete a loan move from Spartak Moscow.
Kallstrom is a highly-experienced Swedish international who has earned 108 caps for his country and will bolster Arsenal’s midfield options now that Aaron Ramsey has been sidelined for several weeks, while Theo Walcott is out for the rest of the season.
Kallstrom has previously played for French clubs Rennes and Lyon, having joined Spartak in 2012 and he’s made 30 appearances for the Russian club, although Wenger has long been an admirer of the midfielder who is unlikely to feature on Sunday against Crystal Palace.
On Thursday, any potential move for Draxler was blocked when Schalke claimed that the player would be remaining on their books for the foreseeable future, although on Friday Wenger revealed that the club were 80% likely to add a player to the squad before the transfer window closed.
“We still try to bring at least one body in because we are a bit hit now by the red card of Flamini, the setback of Ramsey and the fact that Wilshere is not available, which I hope will be short term,” Wenger said. “We are in an area where we had plenty of players … suddenly we are a bit short.
“Ramsey will be between four to six weeks and I count six so I have no bad surprise. Of course, it’s a blow for us because we recently lost [Theo] Walcott for a long period [the season] and now Ramsey is out for a long period. It’s a big setback.”
That player is Kallstrom and represents one of the major signings on what is generally a low-key transfer window despite the best efforts of Sky Sports News to hype things up.
Konstantinos Mitroglou is the other notable arrival to the Premier League, having joined Fulham from Olympiakos despite the best efforts of West Ham to scupper the deal, with the Greek international having boasted an impressive goal tally this season.