BREAKING - Arsenal target Kallstrom passes medical ahead of loan deal

Kim Kallstrom has passed his medical at Arsenal ahead of a move from Spartak Moscow.

It is certainly an odd deal - and one we were not expected this morning when we woke up. However it appears that Swedish international Kim Kallstrom will be an Arsenal player by the end of the day.

The 31-year-old emerged as a transfer target after an injury to Aaron Ramsey and a suspension for Mathieu Flamini - and is now all set to complete his loan move from Spartak Moscow after completing his medical and passing it in the last hour:

The former Rennes and Lyon midfielder has over 100 caps for his country and is certainly an experienced operator who will offer basic cover in a position that has suddenly looked thin on the ground.

It is of course a deal that came from nowhere.

Most people remember Kallstrom best from his days at BK Hacken on Championship Manager 2001/02. Most people have a story of how he guided them to some form of European glory. For me it was with Hull City - but each to their own.

Kallstrom has never become a world beater - but he is a player suited to the Arsenal game. Hard working, technically sound and with a wicked left foot - he is very similar in playing style to Tomas Rosicky for those unfamiliar with his efforts.

His deal is a loan spell - so there are no long-term commitments attached to this transfer.

It appears that Kallstrom is being brought in as short-term cover until the end of the season - and that, for now at least; The Gunners have no long term plan to keep hold of the player in 2014-15.

But if he does impress who knows, he might just earn himself a permanent deal at The Emirates.

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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