Kim Kallstrom is eager to make a return to north London after a brief spell with the Gunners, but admits it is out of his hands.
The Sweden international remains a Spartak Moscow player after joining Arsenal on a temporary deal in January, managing a total of four appearances in all competitions albeit just one start in the Premier League.
The midfielder infamously joined the Gunners injured on deadline day in the winter transfer window, but added a bit of extra composure and experience into the midfield. The Swede admitted he held talks with Arsene Wenger but will keep the contents of the conversation to himself, however he did reveal the positive reviews he received during his time in north London.
He reportedly told fotbollskanalen.se:
We talked a lot, but of course it stays between us. They were very happy with my performance and what I was there to do so it felt good.
We’ll see, it was a very good experience but we’ll have to see what happens.
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I have a year left on my contract in Russia so it is what it is now until something else happens.
Spartak’s a very nice club and I enjoyed working there so it will be a continuation, which is a very good option too.
We can certainly thank Kallstrom for his contributions, but it is very unlikely that we will want him on a permanent basis next season. At 31-years-old he’s hardly young and does not really offer us anything new except depth. We are better to invest in a younger player who can develop alongside the likes of Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Flamini and the box-to-box midfielders, with a view to play more regularly in the future.
Kim will be remembered for his cool finish in the penalty shootout against Wigan, that alone made his loan deal worth it as he helped us edge the first piece of silverware since 2005. Thanks Kimmy and good luck back in Russia.