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Kim Kallstrom open to permanent Arsenal move

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Kim Kallstrom has revealed there is still a chance he could stay at Arsenal on a permanent basis after holding encouraging talks with the club.

The midfield veteran, who has 108 caps and counting for Sweden, was Arsenal's only addition in the January transfer window, agreeing a six-month loan deal from Spartak Moscow.

For Arsene Wenger, the move was nothing short of a disaster. Kallstrom turned up at Arsenal's training ground with a back injury, but the Gunners boss decided to complete the transfer anyway.

Despite the controversy surrounding the transfer, Kallstrom did eventually play, and impress, whilst at Arsenal. The highlight was his particularly cool penalty in the FA Cup semi-final shootout against Wigan Athletic.

Kallstrom has now revealed that talks between him and Arsenal officials were nothing but positive, and opened the door to a potential permanent deal this summer.

Speaking about his talks with Arsenal, he told fotbollskanalen.se: "We talked a lot, but of course it stays between us.

"They were very happy with my performance and what I was there to do so it felt good."

Kallstrom will now return to Russia for the time being, where he has one-year left on his contract with Spartak. But when asked whether a permanent move to the Emirates Stadium was possible, Kallstrom was cryptic, yet open to the idea.

"We'll see," Kallstrom said when asked about a move to Arsenal. "It was a very good experience, but you've been in this business as long as I have so I think we'll have to see what happens.

"I have a year left on my contract in Russia, so it is what it is now until something else happens.

"Everyone knows that now is a period in which a lot can happen and the last word has not been spoken yet.

"I was an Arsenal player until last June. But Spartak's a very nice club and I enjoyed working there so it will be a continuation , which is a very good option too."

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