The Swede suffered the back problem days prior to the 31st but bizarrely Wenger still gave the go-ahead. Parent club Spartak Moscow will contribute to his wages while he is injured, but he will be out for the period of time he was required for.
Wenger told reporters after their 2-0 win over Crystal Palace:
We have to establish the real truth about this story. He [Kallstrom] arrived here and fell on his back two days before.
First of all, it’s very difficult to identify a player, who can come in, of that stature and then we made a medical [check] of his back and we found out he had a little micro-fracture.
We have all played with micro-fractures.
Then Spartak Moscow accepted to share the costs – as long as he’s injured they will pay – and we had a decision to make. We could take nobody or Kallstrom and it went through on Friday at five o’clock.
Wenger did confirm that the 31-year-old will be out until late February at the earliest, or mid-March at the latest.
Absolutely pointless signing, the Gunners needed a player to help fill the void while Aaron Ramsey, Wilshere and Flamini were unavailable, but it’s looking like all three will return before Kallstrom now anyway.
Strange, strange decision however if he helps us win even just one game to take us to the title or win a Cup then it would all be worth it.
But on a more positive note congratulations to The Ox for a superb performance against Palace this afternoon. Top of the League again!