Arsenal boss defends Kallstrom signing

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has defended his decision to bring in injured midfielder Kim Kallstrom.

The Swedish international completed a shock deadline day loan move to North London from Spartak Moscow, but will be out of action after aggravating a back injury in his first Gunners training session.

Kallstrom is thought to have suffered the problem while playing beach volleyball, and Arsenal were aware of the issues before tying up the deal.

However, the set-back is likely to rule him out for over a month.

Wenger – whose side have reportedly been considering sending the Scandinavian back to Moscow – says that the decision to loan in the 31-year-old is not a foolish one, and that Spartak are taking some of the financial responsibility while he is injured:

“We have to establish the real truth about this story. He [Kallstrom] arrived here and fell on his back two days before,” he is quoted by The Metro.

“First of all, it’s very difficult to identify a player, who can come in, of that stature and then we made a medical [check] of his back and we found out he had a little micro-fracture.

“We have all played with micro-fractures.

“Then Spartak Moscow accepted to share the costs – as long as he’s injured they will pay – and we had a decision to make. We could take nobody or Kallstrom and it went through on Friday at five o’clock.”

Kallstrom was drafted in as cover for the likes of Aaron Ramsey and Mathieu Flamini, but is unlikely to feature during the duo’s absence from first-team action.