Kim Kallstrom firmly insists that he has fond memories of his brief loan stint with Arsenal, regardless of confessing sensation like an “outsider” and making just 4 appearances.
Kim Kallstrom has actually exposed that he felt like an “outsider” during his brief loan spell with Arsenal, however still concerns his time at the club as one of his profession highlights.
The Swedish midfielder was a surprise loan purchase by Arsene Wenger‘s side in January 2014, signing up with from Russian outfit Spartak Moscow.
Kallstrom got here at the Emirates Arena while bring a back injury and went on to make just 4 appearances for the club throughout all competitions, however among those remained in the FA Cup semi-final, when he scored a penalty in the shootout to assist the Gunners reach the final, where they ended a 10- year trophy dry spell.
“I look back on those moments fondly because when I reflect on it now, I never really felt like an Arsenal player. I remember the FA Cup celebrations and feeling like a real outsider looking inside. I was a part of it, sure, but not really. That semi-final… I’d been in the squad for almost all the games before, so I expected to be in the squad because of injuries,” Kallstrom informed Arsenal’s official website.
” At the time, I didn’t understand how considerable that game was since for me, Arsenal was a club that gathered prizes all the time. I had the Invincibles and the Freddie Ljungberg period in my head, so I didn’t comprehend that there had actually been a lot time because the last trophy.
” The pressure to win one was very big, so undoubtedly all the coaches felt that however I had no understanding of it at the time. I was simply in the right location at the correct time since I think they missed their first or second penalty and it’s a lot easier to take one after your opponent misses out on. What I’ll constantly keep in mind is strolling up to that ball from the midway line.
” That penalty altered the experience for me enormously. I came here, was hurt and didn’t play a lot. Sure, that becomes part of the game, however then when you score the penalty at least you have actually taken part in someway It was an crucial trophy for the club, so it was great enjoyable for me.
“I’d say in terms of career highlights, that penalty is right up there. Mostly because of the size of the club, but also because it was such a weird moment. It’s so different from all the others where I’ve won a title or won the championship in France because you fight for 11 months to lift the trophy.”
Kallstrom was not part of the squad for the FA Cup final and made simply one start in overall for the Gunners.