'He has a bright future' - Former Arsenal man backs teenage starlet

Kristoffer Olsson

Kim Kallstrom has been speaking about countryman Kristoffer Olsson and his chances of first-team football.

Arsene Wenger prides himself on bringing through young players at The Emirates, to the point where it often leaves Arsenal fans unhappy with the lack of big name signings.

The likes of Jack Wilshere, Cesc Fabregas and Kieran Gibbs have all come through as young players in order to become regulars in the first-team squad.

So who is the next name to come through the ranks?

Many people will tell you that a player with a very good chance of making it to the first-team at some point in the future is Kristoffer Olsson. The Swedish under-21 international has been in the first-team for League Cup football in the past and occasionally trains with the first-team squad. He is a Wenger player, comfortable on the ball with a wonderful passing technique - he is surely a talent for the future.

And another Swede, who has spent time at Arsenal, has spoken about Olsson this week.

Kim Kallstrom signed for the club in the January transfer window to provide cover in the midfield area for the rest of the season. He spent much of his time injured, a back problem keeping him out of action for mush of the campaign.

But while he was at the club he got to see plenty of his younger Swedish counterpart and has spoken to Swedish media about his prospects:

"A good player, he has a bright future, indeed. He is well educated, has good technique and has done well at Arsenal . Then again it is always hard to get up into the first team, but he is very talented and has done well in the under-21s when he played there. He is technically very good and quite a classic attacking midfielder with a good eye for the game. He can become very good."

But while he is a fan of the player, he was non-committal when asked to discuss him potentially making it to the first team:

"Wow, hard to say, it depends a lot on injuries etcetera , etcetera , etcetera. It is usually so you get the chance as a young player, but unfortunately, I can not answer. It's really hard to say."

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