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Arsenal will not pursue permanent Kallstrom transfer

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Arsene Wenger has confirmed Arsenal will not pursue the permanent transfer of Kim Kallstrom when the player’s loan deal expires at the end of the season. Kallstrom joined the Gunners from Spartak Moscow in the January transfer window but has hardly featured for the club.

The experienced Swede arrived at Arsenal with a long-standing back problem and was soon ruled out for two months when it was revealed he had a fractured vertebrae. It was not until the end of March that he finally made his debut for the club.

Only three appearances have followed for Kallstrom, the most notable of which came against Wigan in the FA Cup semi-final when he scored in the penalty shootout, and Wenger says the 31-year-old will return to Moscow in the summer.

"Kallstrom belongs to Moscow and will go back to Moscow," Wenger said after the defeat of West Brom, in which Kallstrom featured, on Sunday.

Of his four appearances for Arsenal only one has been a start, with this coming in the 3-1 victory over West Ham in mid-April. However, given that Arsenal have secured their top four status and also have the FA Cup final on the horizon, it may be that Kallstrom starts the final Premier League game against Norwich in order to afford rest to those set to involved at Wembley.

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