BREAKING: Blow for Arsenal as Kallstrom is injured already - but mixed messages over how long

Arsenal have been dealt a shocking blow with the news that new midfielder Kim Kallstrom has suffered an injury in his first training session.

Kallstrom only arrived at the Emirates Stadium in a loan deal from Spartak Moscow yesterday, with the Swedish international brought to North London in order to solve a midfield crisis. Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and Abou Diaby are currently injured, whilst Mathieu Flamini is suspended for four games following his red card against Southampton in midweek.

Manager Arsene Wenger was delighted to add the former Lyon man, saying; "He has proven quality at both club and international level. We welcome Kim to Arsenal." However, those sentiments weren't matched by Gunners fans.

The signing wasn't quite what Arsenal supporters expected as the Gunners chase the Premier League title, with many hoping that they would complete the signature of Schalke midfielder Julian Draxler in another blockbuster move following their September capture of fellow German playmaker Mesut Ozil.

But it wasn't to be, and Arsenal had to settle for Kallstrom, who was seen as experienced cover in light of the midfield crisis. Yet less than a day after his arrival, the Arsenal midfield curse seems to have struck again, as the 31-year-old has reportedly suffered a back injury and will be sidelined for some time.

Reports in Sweden suggested that Kallstrom would miss up to three months with the injury, but BBC reports have since moved to suggest that those rumours are not true and the Arsenal medical staff are still diagnosing how long the midfielder will be out of action for.

It's somewhat ironic that, after Arsenal fans were underwhelmed by his arrival, Kallstrom will now miss time as soon as he arrives, leaving the Gunners short in midfield once again, and Wenger will be hoping for positive news from his medical staff over Kallstrom's injury.

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