Arsenal are in talks with Spartak Moscow to buy Swedish international Kim Kallstrom. Upon hearing this I assumed the trolls had escaped onto the internet again and had infiltrated it with their nonsense. Alas, it appears the proposed deal that would have made a lot more sense in 2004, when Kim Kallstrom was widely reported to be the next big thing, actually has some backbone to it after verification from several sources.
In February and March, Arsenal have a slew of difficult matches and with Aaron Ramsey confirmed injured for six weeks; Wilshere having injury niggles every now and again; and Flamini suspended for four matches, Arsenal are in dire need of numbers in the middle if they are to have something to fight for in April, even if the deal is for a short time.
This is something Wenger alluded to in a press conference: "We've been hit by the red card of Flamini and Jack Wilshere is also not available so in the area where we had plenty of players, suddenly we are a bit short."
This is where Kallstrom comes in. Kallstrom at 31 is a highly experienced midfielder, he has played 108 times for Sweden throughout his career and was an ever present member of the all conquering Lyon squad that reached the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2010.
Kallstrom is now at Spartak Moscow and has been there since 2012. However, it is a move that has not worked well for him. He has only started 6 out of the 19 matches his club have played in the Russian League and is therefore available.
Arsenal are reportedly looking to make this a loan move and this will suit both parties. Kallstrom would like to show he is still a class player and Arsenal need bodies in the middle.
At Kallstrom's best, he is an energetic central midfielder and possess a powerful and more importantly, an accurate shot from distance. As such, Kallstrom is quite efficient from set-pieces. Testament to this is the fact he has scored 89 club goals in his career and has 16 goals for Sweden. He is also versatile and can cover the left wing, though his best position remains playing as a deep-lying playmaker.
With Kallstrom not playing much and Spartak Moscow third in the Russian Premier League - a point behind leaders Zenit St Petersburg, Arsenal can expect a relatively easy transfer deal.