Arsenal youngster Kristoffer Olsson looks like a bright prospect for the future. The Swedish born attacking midfielder impressed during last month’s game for the Sweden Under-21’s, scoring a stylish hat trick.
However the youngster is nowhere near experienced enough to break into the Arsenal first team squad, and was sent out on loan to Danish club FC Midtjylland on a deadline day deal. But despite his international exploits, he has struggled to impress his manager at club level, and finds himself sidelined.
Since being sent to Denmark, the youngster has only managed to play 13 minutes of football so far in the first team, and this is a sorry state of affairs for a player of his calibre. If he is unable to break into the first team there, his chances of playing for Arsenal are zero. Speaking to the press ahead of the round of international games, he admitted that it was frustrating to be sidelined at the club level:
I’ve been training hard but not received more playing time and the last two games I have not even been in the squad.
I came here to play and not to be out of the squad or on the bench.
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I think I’ve done it all right in training, maybe I could have done better in reserve team matches. But you can not dig yourself over it. I’m have my head high and I do what I can. I will get the chance and take it, I just have to continue.
Olsson does not want to have a wasted season in his tough battle to earn a call-up to the Arsenal side. The Swede must take his valuable minutes for the national under-21 side, to further show his club what they are failing to utilise fully and hope for better luck when he returns.