What a strange few months it has been for Kim Kallstrom. He himself recently voiced his surprise that Arsenal made a loan move for him last summer, but almost immediately the Swedish international was ruled out with an injury that prevented his debut until Tuesday evening.
Hot off the back of a 6-0 defeat away to Chelsea, the Gunners would have been hoping to beat Swansea City and regain some much-needed mojo. But despite overturning a 1-0 deficit with a quick-fire double, Arsene Wenger’s side ultimately dropped two points when Mathieu Flamini put through his own net.
But Kallstrom had mixed emotions after the game, after coming on for the final 11 minutes.
Speaking to Fotboll, the 31-year-old said, “It felt very good. I got to touch the ball. And make some passes and be involved in some situations. It felt good.
“To play in the Premier League for Arsenal, of course it was a special moment.”
A special one it may have been, but it was not a winning start for the Swede, and Arsenal must turn the tide soon or risk being cast adrift in the race for a title they once looked favourites for.
With Everton six points behind them but with a game in hand, and with a match between the two on April 6, Wenger will know that their most important success this season could now be maintaining their impressive Champions League qualification record.