Are Arsenal about to hand Kim Kallstrom a first start against Swansea?

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Will Kim Kallstrom make his long awaited Arsenal debut against Swansea?

There was nothing predictable about Arsenal's deadline day signing of Kim Kallstrom, and the 24 hours which followed.

As March comes to a close, the Swede is yet to play a single competitive minute for the Gunners, having suffered a fractured back.

He is now though in full training with Arsenal and featured on the bench against Chelsea, but the circumstances of the game dictated the match was not one to throw him into.

Three days later Arsenal have a chance to put right the wrongs of their 6-0 thrashing, but manager Arsene Wenger knows even a similar sized win over Swansea would not make up for it.

This is why he is likely to shake up the team with his selection against the Swans, and Kallstrom can be expected to come into the reckoning.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been told he won't be banned, meaning he is available along with Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamni, but in Kallstrom, Wenger has a fresh pair of legs capable of adding something new into the side.

The Swede brings with him experience and clearly just wants to get going at Arsenal now, and just in the same way a much-maligned Nicklas Bendtner had a positive effect when called up against Hull earlier in the season, Kallstrom can do the same.

He is a player Swansea are likely to be under-prepared for and unsure of what he can do, while his set pieces can replace the threat usually offered by a fit Mesut Ozil.

Arsenal fans need a lift and seeing a new player in action could just give it to them; but the risk of course is if it backfires and the side suffer another loss, bound to bring out booing among the home support.

The players who featured at the weekend will be desperate to make amends, and letting them go out and play their way to redemption is the alternative to throwing Kallstrom and Flamini in.

That's a pairing which fans never would have expected to see this time last summer - but that's the reality which could dawn upon kick-off on Tuesday night.

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