Arsenal fans were probably left disappointed with the shutting of the January Transfer Window last night - as only one name arrived on Deadline Day … and it wasn’t a striker.
Aaron Ramsey’s six week lay-off was one thing - but with Mathieu Flamini suspended for three games, Jack Wilshere still needing to be treated carefully because of his fitness concerns and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain only recently returning from injury - a previously unexpected move for a midfielder took precedence over the clubs striker pursuit.
So they moved for Kim Kallstrom of Spartak Moscow.
Which left many a fan thoroughly unimpressed with the clubs dealings
Twitter erupted with talk of Championship Manager 2001-02, funny little quips and memes galore - nobody could quite believe that the out of favour Russian based 31-year-old was their final piece of the silverware winning jigsaw.
But, haven’t we been here before?
A ‘washed-up’ midfielder who had barely played in the last year that left fans flabbergasted when Arsenal confirmed his arrival?
Sounds a lot like Mathieu Flamini too me.
Arsenal snapped up the defensive midfielder in the summer - five years after he ditched the club to join AC Milan on a free transfer.
He spent the majority of his time in Italy on a treatment table with severe knee trouble. Considering the presence of to many injury prone players already in the Arsenal first-team, the addition of one more would always receive short shrift from some fans.
At the time it came in comparison with Tottenham - who had spent the past week snapping up Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen and co … look how things have turned out.
Flamini has been a valuable asset for the club, despite nearly everyone mocking the decision to bring him back to Arsenal… myself included.
Let’s not get ahead of ourselves - Kallstrom is here as a stop gap and the chances of him becoming a permanent fixture are second to none.
But he adds depth and options for Wenger in the final stretch - and he obviously feels this move is the right thing for the club.
The fans reacted angrily to the Flamini signing in the summer - and he has proven a valuable asset, Kallstrom might just do the same in time.
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