The news has just officially come through on Arsenal.com, Arsenal have made their first signing of 2014, and it’s Swedish international Kim Källström from Spartak Moscow. With 108 international caps, and over 400 club appearances in several different leagues, he will definitely bring experience to our ranks. At 31, this is his first time in the Premiership, but with his history you would hope that he has no trouble adapting to life in England.
He’s no stranger to silverware, particularly during his time in France with Lyon, so I’m sure he will be motivated to help Arsenal to more this season.
“Arsenal is an amazing club with a lot of great players and a coach who has done really well here for a long time. I am so pleased to come here to learn as much as possible. I’m here to do my best for Arsenal and to help out the team, so we can achieve good results for the last part of the season.” – Kim Källström
There were fears that he would be ineligible to play in Europe this season due to his Europa League appearances, but it has been confirmed that he will be available for Arsenal’s remaining Champions League fixtures.
Experienced players often have what it takes to adapt to a new league far easier than their younger counterparts, and Wenger knows this all too well. Källström could be exactly what we need to bolster our midfield and provide some much needed cover over the coming months. His loan signing until the end of the season is an ideal stop gap until the summer, when perhaps we can reignite interest in Julian Draxler.
“Kim Källström is a hugely-experienced player. He is a midfielder with proven quality at both club and international level. We welcome Kim to Arsenal.” – Arsene Wenger
When Kim will be ready and available we are yet to find out, but I’m sure we will see him in Arsenal colours soon, as well as finding out what number he will don. Welcome to Arsenal Kim Källström.