6 Tackles, 92% Pass Accuracy: Controversial ex-Arsenal loanee Kallstrom impresses v Pogba

Kim Kallstrom, Andreas Granqvist, Sweden

Former Arsenal loanee Kim Kallstrom featured for Sweden against France.

Former Arsenal loanee Kim Kallstrom impressed for Sweden in an international friendly loss to France.

The midfielder played the first 45 minutes against Les Bleus, but put in a composed showing against highly touted Juventus star Paul Pogba.

Kallstrom signed for Arsenal on January deadline day on loan last year, only for news to break a day later that he had a fracture in his back.

He played only a minor role after signing, the highlight being netting a penalty in the FA Cup semi-final win over Wigan Athletic at Wembley.

Against France, Kallstrom made a staggering six tackles in just 45 minutes, while Paul Pogba made just for the opposition in 90.

He was highly efficient in his passing, recording a 92 per cent completion rate, again bettering Pogba's 79.5 per cent.

France won the game 1-0 through a goal from Raphael Varane set up by Antoine Griezmann, as the side bounced back from an uninspiring draw with Albania days earlier. Karim Benzema missed a late penalty.

Kallstrom is back at Spartak Moscow, and has remained healthy through the season, with the 32-year-old making 13 appearances, scoring twice and providing two assists.

It's a shame his spell at Arsenal was so under-whelming and seen as a panic buy by Arsene Wenger, with fans demanding a striker only to land up with a loan defensive midfielder, who turned out to be injured.

It seems farcical even looking back on it now, but the fact remain, Kallstrom is a very good player, he just didn't really get the chance to show it enough at the Gunners.

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