Kim Kallstrom has revealed his surprise that Arsenal ever made a move to sign him from Spartak Moscow.
The 31-year-old Swede could make his debut for the Gunners this evening and he’s revealed in the Swedish press that he was surprised Arsenal came in for him, especially knowing that he was injured.
“It wasn’t something I had expected. Of course I was surprised. I’ve had a solid career and they needed that type of player,” he told Expressen.
He won’t be the only one who was surprised at the move, with the calibre of the signing questioned by Arsenal fans who were perhaps expecting a higher profile and more exciting signing last winter.
However, manager Arsene Wenger judged the situation and decided to go for the loan deal when it emerged that the Gunners would not be signing Julian Draxler from FC Schalke on transfer deadline day.
Kallstrom has also revealed that Arsene Wenger had been watching him for some time as far back as his days in France with Rennes between 2004 and 2006 and Lyon between 2006 and 2012.
“We've talked quite a lot since I came here and so, I was a long time in France so it's clear he's had an eye on me. I started my career there early. That's it, it's very much a French influence at Arsenal,” he added.
Arsenal need Kallstrom to step up and perform if he is used by Arsene Wenger this evening and over the rest of the season.
It may not have been a move which was popular with fans but Kallstrom was clearly brought in as a stop-gap measure by Arsene Wenger who will be looking to make higher profile signings in the summer.