We all love an underdog but I don’t think anyone quite compares to Arsene Wenger. While others see the next big thing, Wenger sees the next next big thing. He is good at spotting them.
Wenger was recently left with egg on his face when he signed Kim Kallstrom who is now out with an injury for four to six weeks. A player who was meant to make up for Ramsey’s absence in the short run now joins him on the sidelines. Who do we blame? The medical staff that never seem to be able to treat our injured players or Wenger himself? It doesn’t really matter because Kallstrom is here now and for now is been paid by Spartak Moscow so no harm done.
There are many similarities as differences between Kallstrom’s and the Thomas Eisfeld’s signing. In January 2012, Arsenal were heavily linked with Mario Gotze, a player from Borussia Dortmund whose exploits had everyone scrambling for his signature. Contact had been made and we were all waiting for the signing to be confirmed. Instead Wenger went ahead and signed a nineteen year old Dortmund reserve coming back from a cruciate ligament injury and had only played a handful of games. He signed for us while still carrying an injury but has ended up performing really well when called upon.. This January transfer window, Arsenal have been heavily linked with Julian Draxler from Shalke 04. Instead we ended up with Kim Kallstrom from Sweden who has also come with an injury.
While Eisfeld is young and will only get better with time, Kallstrom is…experienced with only a year or two left in him. Eisfeld has a good scoring record while Kallstrom has a blistering free kick. Both players have a point to prove. Eisfeld wants to get to the first team squad; Kallstrom has to justify his signing.
The Swede can become an integral part of the Arsenal squad when he comes back from injury. His free kicks can help us add another dimension to our game. I don’t believe I have seen any of our players score from a direct free kick this season. His playing style also suits us so when you think about it, he does improve our squad somewhat. Now he just has to prove it.