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.