This is one thing I loathe about loan signings. Arsenal have to give back Kim Källström.
A Swede who loves Arsenal and claimed to Expressen after his 2-2 debut against Swansea: “It’s exciting and it’s like a dream come true to play for Arsenal in the Premier League. I’m just unhappy my debut didn’t end in a win. Everything felt good for me, obviously except their last goal and the last minutes of the match.
“It’s a very high level and I’m really looking forward to contributing to Arsenal. It was a special moment for me making my debut for this great club."
He embraced that, and helped Arsenal to qualify for a major opportunity to end a trophy drought which has made them somewhat of a laughing stock nowadays. Especially with Manchester City fans.
When he made his Wembley debut in what was only his second appearance from the club, something I noticed was his willingness to get forward, play forward balls, and have a crack at goal. Unlike one other Arsenal player who I'll name below, who drives me utterly insane with his backwards and sidewards passes.
Mikel Arteta, who as I've said previously, can't compete at the top level in my view anymore. He looks slow, sluggish, and it's sad because at one point this season, I thought he'd challenge Busquets for the Spain spot, but now, absolutely no chance.
Let's get down to stats with Kim Källström and Mikel Arteta.
Källström has 80 goals in 436 club appearances. Impressive for someone who usually plays central midfield.
Arteta boasts 61 goals in 405 club appearances. Also, not too shabby for a central midfielder.
Källström, can play wide left, central midfield, as well as heading up and attacking, something which he has done often with his cultured left foot helping him to score amazing goals, mainly free-kicks like this stunner against Holland. Arteta arguably has done similar antics, but at 31 Källström still has his pace, and we can still see the energy flowing through his game.
Miki, I'm sorry to say has grown poorer by age, converting him to a holding midfielder, looked like a great idea by Wenger at first, but now we can see that as he's getting slower, so is his willingness to get forward. He offers mistimed challenges, he's easy to get past, and if I were Wenger and given the opportunity, I'd happily take Källström away from Spartak Movska.
I've seen on Twitter the call for a Källström/Ramsey duo on midfield. I would love to see Arsenal deploy those two there, it would add a lot of tempo, Källström does carry a lot more pace than our esteemed Spaniard.
With Flamini on the bench as someone to add solidity towards the end, my recipe would be a nice flavour for Wenger to stop Arsenal getting spanked by Chelsea, Manchester City and the Merseyside duo.
Wenger, keep Kim!
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