With Arsenal struggling with injuries to key-players Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere, Arsene Wenger has moved for Swedish midfielder Kim Kallstrom.
But what exactly do we know about him, and why are Arsenal signing him?
Who is he?
Kim Kallstrom is a 31-year-old midfielder who plays for Russian club Spartak Moscow. He’s a left-footed player who has a good passing range and an eye for the odd goal.
He began his career in his native Sweden, before moving to France with Rennes and then onto Lyon. He impressed for both clubs and joined Spartak in 2012.
What type of player is he?
Kallstrom is a typical Arsenal player. He’s a creative play-maker who wants to pass, move and score goals. Make no mistakes, he’s not a classic number 10, he likes to play a little deeper than that, but his game is about making and creating goals.
He’s got a decent engine and a quality left-foot, but many feel his best days are behind him.
Why are Arsenal signing him then?
He’s cheap, easy to get and fills a void in the team at present due to injuries. Arsenal will get him on-loan and they’ll only be a small fee to pay. He’s got experience, is available straight away and even when everybody is fit, he can do a job.
Should Gooners be excited about his arrival then?
Not especially. Kallstrom is a decent player who can do a job, but don’t expect him to set the world alight. He’s been signed as cheap cover, not to be a regular. He has 100 caps for Sweden and is pretty much the finished product. He won’t let Arsenal down.