Kim Kallstrom: ‘That was the turning point in our season’

Arsenal midfielder Kim Kallstrom has been talking about what he feels was the turning point for Arsenal as they reach the end of the campaign.

Arsenal have had a season of lofty highs and considerable lows. But as they approach the end of another campaign, things are looking up, with a FA Cup final on the horizon and fourth-place looking considerably more likely than just a few short weeks ago.

January loan signing Kim Kallstrom may not have been the headline-name the Gunners faithful were expecting to arrive during the last transfer window, but he has played his part in what could still be a successful season for Arsene Wenger’s men. And the Swedish international has been talking to the club’s official website about when things took a turn for the better.

“The semi-final of the FA Cup turned everything around,” Kallstrom said, “because you win a difficult game where we were struggling, in the end you get a positive result for everybody, the fans, the players.

“It gives you a confidence boost that is really good.”

That win over Wigan Athletic proved to be a catalyst that saw Arsenal ultimately put daylight between themselves and Everton in the league, as well as reaching the final of a competition Wenger last won in 2005.

So for all the doom-mongers claiming this has been another wasted season for the North London side, they could still end it on a high, celebrating an actual trophy rather than the invisible one that comes with a place in the following season’s Champions League.

“Football is all about in the head,” Kallstrom added, “more in the head than in the legs I think.

“It was a good week for us, that was the improvement, mentally we were a bit more relaxed.”

They just need to ensure they do not let the advantage slip when they face Newcastle United on Monday evening.

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