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Post by Hapless_Hans on Sat Feb 01, 2014 6:53 pm

that transfer day story is almost as good as the one with Utd's imposters last summer.

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Re: Welcome Källström!

Post by El Gunner on Sat Feb 01, 2014 8:07 pm

@Chumlum wrote:There's an unconfirmed report that Källström may be out injured for a few months after his first training session with Arsenal.

http://www.aftonbladet.se/sportbladet/fotboll/internationell/england/article18279647.ab

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He was the big surprise during the transfer window deadline.

However, according to anecdotal evidence to Sportbladet Kim Källström's dream has been destroyed.

He is reported to be away for two-three months.

Arsenal were reported negotiate with Schalke about Julian Draxler, 20, and according to British media was a business close. The German club reportedly wanted to have 400 million for Draxler, but manager Arsene Wenger turned down a move.

Instead, it became a lending business with Kim Kallstrom - a dream fled for the 31-year old Swedish landslagsmannen.

However, according to anecdotal evidence to Sportbladet have midfielder riding on a setback. According to sources, Kallstrom injuries incurred at the first training with Arsenal and could be away for two-three months.
Jesus christ... Laughing

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Re: Welcome Källström!

Post by Sina on Sat Feb 01, 2014 11:33 pm

Kim Källström - Welcome to Arsenal:

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Re: Welcome Källström!

Post by Raptorgunner on Sun Feb 02, 2014 12:20 am

The Sun saying that Arsenal are desperately trying to send Källström back to Spartak Moscow.

Its funny how Wenger is wasting money on him and not giving Sagna a raise. :facepalm: 

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Re: Welcome Källström!

Post by Raptorgunner on Sun Feb 02, 2014 12:29 am

The best thing we can do is forget this signing and move on.

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Re: Welcome Källström!

Post by The Verminator on Sun Feb 02, 2014 9:19 am

GoonerJay29 wrote:David Ornstein has tweeted some more updates:

Clarification - Kallstrom out for at least 6 games with back injury found in medical before signing. Not done in training

Kallstrom injured his back on Tuesday while playing football on a beach during Spartak's pre-season tour in Abu Dhabi

Kallstrom informed Arsenal of discomfort on arrival at club on Fri - MRI scan showed no damage, CT scan found back injury

Arsenal medical team gave Wenger the prognosis but it was decided Kallstrom would still sign & undergo rehabilitation with #afc
So basically Wenger loaned an injured player to cover for an injured player. ffs Arsene  Laughing 

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Re: Welcome Källström!

Post by RealGunner on Sun Feb 02, 2014 6:14 pm

"Kallstrom out for 4-6 weeks. Spartak paying his wages whilst he's injured."

Available earliest at the end of February, latest mid-March.

Wenger: "I had a decision to make Källström - do I take him or do I take no one? It was 5pm."
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Re: Welcome Källström!

Post by MJ on Sun Feb 02, 2014 6:48 pm

"It was 5pm."

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Re: Welcome Källström!

Post by Hapless_Hans on Sun Feb 02, 2014 7:58 pm

lol. comedy gold. the story would be topped off though if Kalldashian scores the season-deciding winner in your home game against City.

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Re: Welcome Källström!

Post by Jay29 on Sun Feb 02, 2014 8:07 pm

http://www.arsenal.com/news/news-archive/wenger-on-ox-kallstrom-and-title-race

on Kim Kallstrom…
[Being fit at the end of February] is the best-case scenario. I'm sure if you have played football you might have played with a micro-fracture of your vertebra without even noticing it because on a normal scan you don't find out. He might play before that [the end of February] but he might play as well later.

on Kallstrom's wages…
Yes [Spartak Moscow will pay Kallstrom's wages before he returns]. They pay the first six weeks' wages.

on considering pulling out of the deal…
Yes of course it crossed my mind. I would not have signed him if we had two or three more days to do something, but it was Friday night at five o'clock, so it was [a case of] you [sign] nobody or you do it under these conditions. I decided to do it because we might, because of the number of games we have now in February, we might need the players in March or April. There is a possibility [that he may not play] but as well there is the possibility that he scores us the winning goal that might be vitally important.

At some stage in our job you have to make a decision. Are you wrong or right? You will only know at the end of the season. I made this decision because, since the start of the season, all our central midfielders have missed a part of the season - whether it's Flamini, Wilshere, Arteta, Chamberlain or Cazorla. All of them have had injuries and it can happen that a few of them miss the next part [of the season] together. It's true that in the first four to six weeks we have not sorted that problem out.

on when he considered Kallstrom…
It crossed my mind after the [setback] of Ramsey, because everybody says he is back in six weeks but because he had two setbacks who can guarantee that it will not last longer? And after Tuesday night of course, because Wilshere couldn't play [at Southampton]… it was not a 200 per cent need, we could have gone without, but first of all you must identify a player who has the quality to play for us, in January. Then, because we have the number of players needed in that area, not to be locked in a deal of three or four years, where you pay the players to do nothing. So to find a player on a free loan, of that quality, on Wednesday morning until Friday night, is not easy.

on Kallstrom's quality…
I know the player very well, personally. He has 108 caps for Sweden and he has played for seven or eight years in France, so I know him very well.
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Re: Welcome Källström!

Post by Raptorgunner on Sun Feb 02, 2014 8:16 pm

I agree with what Wenger said, but why did he have to wait so long? its over now, hope we really see him play in few weeks time.

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Re: Welcome Källström!

Post by MJ on Sun Feb 02, 2014 8:19 pm

The quote makes much more sense in context. I agree to the mentality of rather having him and not needing him than needing a player like him to cover and not having one.

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Re: Welcome Källström!

Post by Hapless_Hans on Sun Feb 02, 2014 8:23 pm

well, a couple of hours before the deadline, not much you can do. If Moscow covers the wages no harm done anyway.

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Re: Welcome Källström!

Post by urbaNRoots on Sun Feb 02, 2014 8:30 pm

It crossed my mind after the [setback] of Ramsey, because everybody says he is back in six weeks but because he had two setbacks who can guarantee that it will not last longer?

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Why do I get the feeling that Ramsey is out longer than 4-6 weeks?

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Re: Welcome Källström!

Post by Raptorgunner on Sun Feb 02, 2014 8:41 pm

@urbaNRoots wrote:It crossed my mind after the [setback] of Ramsey, because everybody says he is back in six weeks but because he had two setbacks who can guarantee that it will not last longer?

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Why do I get the feeling that Ramsey is out longer than 4-6 weeks?

As long as is not 2 weeks away, I think we are fine, last I heard Dibay was 2 weeks ago and that was 2011. Very Happy
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Anyone knows what does this even mean? I didn't know the transfer window was only few hours.Laughing 

 on considering pulling out of the deal…
Yes of course it crossed my mind. I would not have signed him if we had two or three more days to do something,
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Re: Welcome Källström!

Post by free_cat on Fri Feb 07, 2014 8:41 am

"It was 5 pm."

Brilliant, even Wenger admits he signed him because he was desperate.

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Re: Welcome Källström!

Post by Sri on Fri Feb 07, 2014 12:17 pm

@free_cat wrote:"It was 5 pm."

Brilliant, even Wenger admits he signed him because he was desperate.

You're obviously uninitiated in the game of 'Arsene Bingo'. :coffee:
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Re: Welcome Källström!

Post by MJ on Fri Jul 29, 2016 3:09 pm

Kallstrom with a quite touching essay on his brief spell at Arsenal.

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“I look like a boy as I walk across the grass, with the ball under my arm. Well-groomed side-parting, a clean red shirt, white sleeves, and a golden cannon on my breast. I’m a man past thirty years of age, in a boy’s dream. It’s the semifinal of the English FA cup, against Wigan, with 82,000 people on the stands of Wembley Stadium, among which 50,000 root for us. They are loud and starving fans that hunger for a title. They haven’t won anything for nine years, which is an eternity for a club that is considered one of the greatest in the World. They have the most loyal fans, gooners. By strange and unexpected detours, I’ve ended up at the top club Arsenal, in north London. With straight legs, I bend down and put the ball on the spot. I throw a quick glance at the keeper. I’ve already decided where to place it. I try not to smile. The moment is here. I’m here – in the middle of the latin motto of the club: Victoria Concordia Crescit. Victory grows through harmony. I can’t help myself but smile slightly. I haven’t even played half an hour for Arsenal. I debuted against Swansea, for eleven minutes, and now I was substituted on in extra time when it was to be decided. Fifteen minutes of a footballer’s life, which changed my story.”

“I got a call from my agent, Roger Ljung [World Cup bronze medalist in ’94]. ‘Do you want to be loaned out to a club in the Premier League?” “No.” “Do you want to be loaned out to Arsenal?” “YES!”

“It was transfer day and a rumour of a new player had leaked. The training facilities were filled with supporters, journalists and tv was transmitting live. When we arrived at Heathrow, we had to drive to a field and switch cars so that no one would recognise the vehicle. Everyone was nice to me, and I get training clothes and number 29. I was sent to a team physician for the obligatory medical exam. While the physician is going through the tests, I’m sitting in the cafeteria, drinking a cup of washy English coffee. I’m dressed in the club colours, in the civilian outfit of the professional football player, meaning a t-shirt, shorts and flip-flops. Players pass by on the way to today’s training. I knew a few of them, as they were French, and we small-talk a bit. The physician fetches me, and I’m driven quickly to a hospital for a X-ray exam. Something’s wrong. We return to the training facilities. I’m put in a situation that reminds me of a talent show on tv. I’m standing in front of a jury, in Arsenal clothes, the cd with my X-ray images, and bad posture. In front of me sits the team physician, the sporting director, and the powerful manager Arsene Wenger, who has run the club with an iron fist and a low-key attitude for almost 20 years. The physician starts speaking. He understands that Arsenal is a big thing for me and that my hopes have been lit, but the back problem is too bad, and he’s sorry. He lays down the facts. There are three cases of vertebral fractures, and I’m out for atleast 4-6 weeks. I’m shocked – disappointed, but I understood. Against the evidence of the X-ray images, neither boyhood dreams or arguments help. I understand. ‘If you’re injured, you’re injured’, I say, but in truth I was angry as hell. There’s silence in the room. Wenger hasn’t said anything. He hasn’t even looked at his colleagues as they inform me of their logical verdicts. He thinks for himself. I wait for him to say something. He sighs, and says ‘The transfer windows shuts in a few hours. It’s impossible to find a replacement. Either I take you or no one.’ Surprised, the others turn to the big boss. No one knows how he’ll continue, but they know that his words are law. It’s evident that he has not anchored his decision among the rest of the staff. Wenger decides. “You’ll stay, heal, and train. I’ll take you when you’re fit.”

“Now, the next circus starts. I could follow the events in real time, as the media started writing and friends contacted me. In spite of a time difference of four hours, and the Russian football association being closed, the transfer was done. The contract was signed in the last hour. I had left Spartak Moscow when everyone was asleep; I was just gone the next morning. I got a few good luck texts, but other than that, Russia was over for this time.”

“I train like a mad man in England. I’m good at that. One day at the gym, Wenger stops by. When he enters a room, everybody sort of stops, as if they’re waiting for a signal. He has that effect on people. I keep peddling on the exercise bike, as I’m trying to beat a certain time. Wenger is watching with his French, slightly casual, yet serious, gaze. We small-talk and we’re on the right track. I felt like I was building confidence with the leader, without having kicked a ball yet. After five weeks of hard rehab, and the uncertainty whether my back would be restored, I’m suddenly back on the pitch. It was a long time since the club had won anything, and the British capital is boiling, with the tabloids as directors. We’re favourites against Wigan in the semi-finals, but we only manage to achieve a draw at full-time. The clock ticks, without anyone ending it. I’m sitting on the bench without any personal expectation. There’s seven minutes left and I’m suddenly substituted for an exhausted Aaron Ramsey. The ref blows the whistle. Now, one of the finalists must be decided by a penalty shootout. A simple and brutal way to end things. Now, understanding of the game, tactics, and physical prowess are meaningless. Now, there is only a confused mess of nerves and chance. Penalty shoot-outs in football crown kings, and always a scapegoat. You must score. All the pressure is on the taker. I hear Wenger shouting in French: “Kim, do you take penalties?” “Yeah, I’d be glad to take one.” “Good. You’re second.” I decide early where to shoot it. When I walk alone to the spot, in a stadium with three times as many spectators as there are inhabitants of my hometown, Sandviken, I must suppress my smile. It’s a long way to walk across the pitch. I’m relaxed – perhaps happy. I put the ball on the spot. Now, I just have to back up and find the right distance to the ball, run up, and strike the ball hard and high to the left. Just do what I usually do, what I know, and always have done. I’ve done it a thousand times before, and there’s no nervousness. The keeper goes early, in the opposite direction of where I had decided to put it. When I watch the penalty on Youtube, the feelings return. The calm and the joy, but I’m surprised where the ball ended up. The ball ended up in the lower left corner, opposite of how I remembered it. I had decided to put it high to the left, but I remembered it as I actually put it low to the right. I’m confused, but the ball ended up in the net. We won the final and we’re praised by over 200,000 supporters on the streets of London. Although my contribution was small in the 120-year history of the club, it was a highlight for me. The greatest fifteen minutes of my life, and it turns out I don’t remember what happened. Where was I in that deciding moment? Trance, shock, delirium, coma, nervous breakdown, call it whatever you want. The only thing I know for sure is that sports and football are incomprehensible. That’s why we love it. As long as that penalty continues to end up in the net, my experience is true. I’m sure of it.”

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Re: Welcome Källström!

Post by RealGunner on Fri Jul 29, 2016 3:11 pm

Was reading this in the toilet earlier

brought a tear to me eye

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Post by mani88 on Fri Jul 29, 2016 5:44 pm

The Best Part

"Kim, do you take penalties??"
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Re: Welcome Källström!

Post by urbaNRoots on Fri Jul 29, 2016 6:01 pm

Top guy :bow:

Brought back some good memories.

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Post by MJ on Sat Jul 30, 2016 12:29 am

@mani88 wrote:The Best Part

"Kim, do you take penalties??"
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the preparation that goes in to ending a 9 year trophy drought Laughing

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Post by El Gunner on Sat Jul 30, 2016 12:37 am

What a beautiful essay Heart

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