Arsene Wenger appears to have made another smart move during the dying minutes of the transfer window by acquiring Swedish international Kim Kallstrom on loan for the rest of the season from Russian club Spartak Moscow.
The 31-year-old has a wealth of experience playing for his national team as well as domestic competitions in Sweden, France and Russia. He experienced a lot of success playing for French club Olympique Lyon as he won both the Ligue 1 title and domestic cups during his time there.
Wenger’s game plans have been thrown into complete disarray due to the unavailability of injured midfielders Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and Tomas Rosicky, and the absence of the influential Mathieu Flamini due to suspension for the next three games.
With pending fixtures against Crystal Palace, Liverpool and Manchester United in the Premier League, the lack of midfield depth is troubling Wenger, who nevertheless has a fighting chance of leading his team safely out this mess given his squad’s talent.
Arsenal‘s unfortunate mini-midfield crisis might have forced Wenger to look for an experienced player in the middle, and Kallstrom fits the bill perfectly. He is eligible for Champions League football, and this is where Arsenal will face the toughest opponents — Pep Guardiola‘s German giants Bayern Munich.
Arsenal lost out on away goals at the same stage to the same team last season. The Gunners need to take control of their home fixture to have a fighting chance of knocking out Bayern. Kallstrom’s arrival should be met by positive responses from the fans as Wenger has decided to work with what is the best available option in the market rather than unnecessarily splash around for players with inflated prices.