Arsenal fans had waited a long time for their sole January signing, Swedish international Kim Kallstrom to make his full debut for the club. Finally, on Tuesday night, the on loan Spartak Moscow midfielder did just that, playing the full 90 minutes against West Ham at the Emirates.
With a few short appearances in the league and FA Cup, and several more games on the bench, Kallstrom has been biding his time before belatedly beginning his Gunners career.
And as only 5 matches remain of the Swede's loan spell, the emphasis is very much on making as good an impression as possible if he would like to convince Arsene Wenger he is worth considering for permanent transfer come the summer.
The former Lyon man did just that with a very sound performance that had all the hallmarks of the vastly experienced international midfielder he is.
Below is a table of Arsenal's starting eleven from that fixture, with a variety of key statistics as provided by Opta.
|Goal Assist||Chance||Shots||Acc Pass||Touch||Won Tackle||Ball Rec||Mins|
It is clear to see that Kallstrom was influential for Arsenal, coming out on top in several areas.
Defensively he was very effective, winning more tackles than any other player, and second only to Bacary Sagna at recovering balls. He was notably more active in this area than Mikel Arteta, the side's main defensive midfielder.
The 31-year-old was excellent in possession too, with more touches on the ball than any other player and also sharing the most accurate passes with Barcelona-schooled Arteta. Kallstrom noticeably managed to get into shooting positions as well, with the same amount of scoring attempt as Santi Cazorla, a much more offensive minded player.
All in all, it was an effective performance, and it will be very interesting to see if Kallstrom keeps his place in the team for the trip to Hull City this weekend.