Arsenal teen: I hope to break into team this season, Kallstrom shocked me

Kristoffer Olsson

Young Kristoffer Olsson is not lacking in confidence.

If there was one player at Arsenal who was more delighted than any other they were signing Kim Kallstrom, it was his fellow Swede Kristoffer Olsson.

When Kallstrom made his Sweden international debut back in 2001, Olsson was staggeringly just six years old.

So having grown up watching the midfielder in the national side, the prospect of playing or training alongside him is one he did not expect:

Olsson told the Swedish press: "It shocked me."

"I was on my way to Norwich (with the under-21 squad) and saw that Kallstrom was on his way to Arsenal. I thought 'no, but there can not be something in that.; I had heard that he was going to IFK Norrkoping, so it shocked me."

But in light of Kallstrom's injury, ruled out for at least the entirety of February, Olsson was asked whether he could be the one to take advantage and play for the first team.

"I train with the first team every now and then now. I feel I made it pretty damn good when I made it. I hope I get the chance.

"It's not like you want someone to get hurt, but it opens the course to yourself and once you get the chance you have to take it. Then it can go fast. I hope to get the chance in the first team this spring."

Perhaps had Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain returned from injury and played so superbly in the centre of midfield, Olsson or indeed Thomas Eisfeld could have been clamouring for a first team spot with greater credibility.

At this crucial stage of the season it would be a stretch for him to make the leap, especially with the younger Gedion Zelalem ahead of him, yet his determination has to be admired.

image: © Kieran Clarke

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