It is end of the season already and the crux of this period is the transfer of players. Arsenal are certainly not left out. Wenger is ready to spend big in the summer after signing a new deal and been handed a hefty transfer kitty to splash out on new players this summer. Arsenal have already lost two key players; Sagna and Fabianski to bossman transfer while loaned players Viviano and Kallstrom are expected to return to their parents clubs after their loan deals expired.
Despite loosing Fabianski, I don’t expect Viviano to stay on at Arsenal no thanks to him not playing at all last season ( he was the 3rd choice) and that must have been for a reason. Wenger seems keen on landing a very good goalkeeper who wouldn’t just fit into the role of a back up for Szczesny but one that would push the Pole all the way for the number 1 position.
That leaves us with Kallstrom. The Swede veteran arrived in the winter window from Spartak Moscow as a cover for then injured Welshman Aaron Ramsey. Unfortunately, he couldn’t hit the ground running owing a niggling back injury and ended up returning when Ramsey himself was rearing to go. Despite that, he still played some games for Arsenal and his notable contribution was the penalty he converted in the all important FA Cup semi-final clash against Wigan.
Here comes the big question. Should he stay on? Kallstrom has opened the door on Arsenal stay and with just a year left on his Spartak contract, it is unlikely that the Russian club would stand in his way but does Arsenal need him?
I believe the Gunners could do with him in the team. Arsenal are in the market for a defensive midfielder and Wenger seems to have set sights on Southampton’s Schnerderlin and Leverkusen’s Bender. Besides them been good, they are also young (24) and would want regular football. That’s in sharp contrast to Kallstom who is 31. Arsenal already have Arteta, Ramsey, Diaby and Wilshere for the box to box midfield role but they can still make do with another body, an experienced head who is ready to bid his time on the bench and put in a shift when called upon.
Kallstrom is a good candidate for that especially with the injury “proneness” of Diaby. Fans thought Arsenal were well stocked in the middle until Ramsey got injured and the Gunners started struggling. Wenger himself confirmed that he could have indirectly hurt Ramsey by over-playing him. Why was he over-played? Simple! There was no similar player to call on, on the bench. Kallstrom could play the cup competitions and also put in a shift in the Premier League. His presence would keep
Ramsey fresh for the important games.
Having an oldie in the team isn’t all bad news, every team has their own oldie, Chelsea have Terry, Liverpool Gerrard, City Demichelis, Manchester United have Evra. Arsenal need their own fair share of the olden generation.