Kim Kallstrom can now be an inspired Arsenal piece of business thanks to bad luck

Kim Kallstrom, Andreas Granqvist, Sweden

Much-maligned Swedish midfielder's acquisition to Arsenal could just pan out for Arsene Wenger after all.

Arsene Wenger will not feel like he has had much luck since he signed Kim Kallstrom in January.

He upset a section of the Arsenal support by failing to sign a striker, has seen his side hammered by Liverpool and beaten at home in the Champions League, and then there was the penalty he described as a 'gift' to Stoke last weekend.

Then of course there was Kallstrom's injury - ruling him out for pretty much entire time Aaron Ramsey, the man he was brought into cover for, was also absent.

As his injury return was revealed this week, it was sort of met with a shrug of the shoulders by many fans given the multitude of midfield options available to the Gunners, including Mathieu Flamini, Mikel Arteta, the returning Ramsey and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

There was one more too - Jack Wilshere.

Wenger's 2014 was beset by more bad luck yesterday as it was revealed the Englishman's foot injury sustained for his country in midweek was a hairline fracture of the foot - requiring six weeks of rehabilitation.

It's bad news, no two ways about it, but it may just allow Wenger's much maligned loan signing of Kim Kallstrom, an opportunity.

There's no doubting the Swedish international's quality, but at 31, is he better than any of the Gunners other options and likely to force his way into the side, arguably not. So his acquisition was appearing to be a wasted move in light of his injury.

Now even with Ramsey's injury return, Arsenal will be one man light thanks to this latest Wilshere blow, which means Kallstrom does indeed have some shoes to fill.

He can even help take the pressure off the Welshman, whereas where before he would have sat on the bench with Wilshere starting, he may just get the call if Ramsey is not ready, and be able to feel his way into the team from there.

While Wenger's claim that Kallstrom's signing will be justified if he scores the title winning goal is certainly reaching when trying to find positives - just like when Oxlade-Chamberlain returned as Walcott got injured, it's a case of one door closes only for another to open at The Emirates.

Now Kim Kallstrom just has to walk through it without injuring himself.

image: © Steindy

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