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Kallstrom Suffers Back Injury In First Session

Reports appear to be breaking out of Sweden that Arsenal new boy, Kin Kallstrom has injured himself in his first training session and will be out for three months.

I`m not quite sure why this story would have to come from Sweden and not from the UK, or whether or not it`s a wind up, but it seems as though the story is picking up pace.

More as soon as we have it.

Update: The BBC's David Ornstein says Kallstrom is out with a back injury and the reports of him being out for 2-3 months are inaccurate.

Updated update: Arsenal confirm the injury but say it isn't serious, though Kallstrom will not be in the squad for tomorrow. I susspect he wouldn't have been eligible anyway.

Updated Updated Update: The Mirror claim the injury did not happen in training, infact Kallstrom arrived with the injury but Wenger decided to sign him on loan anyway.

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Date:Saturday February 1 2014

Time: 2:55PM

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Ironic if it's true but he'd have been a benchwarmer anyway.
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01/02/2014 15:05:00

It's not nice to laugh at an injured player, but the thought of thousands of Gooner brains exploding at this news is making me chuckle.
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01/02/2014 15:13:00

He's not going to play more than a handful of league games and maybe one or two in the cup. No big deal but a shame for him. Heating its short-term.
Galway Gooner
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01/02/2014 15:18:00

It would have been worse if we'd signed Messi and he was out for the rest of the season!!! Didn't Campbell suffer something similar, though not too critical, after he'd rejoined?
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01/02/2014 15:20:00

You know this is going to blown out of all proportion, but it's only news because it's kinda funny. If he'd have been injured next week nobody would have paid a blind bit of noticed, but it's just because it's his first day.
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01/02/2014 15:22:00

The speed with which information travels these days! Or is it the rubber-necking interest in all things Arsenal? No wonder some fans are losing it. From all accounts this is not a signing for the masses. As unfortunate as an injury is a a mass hysteria would even be more than unfortunate.
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01/02/2014 15:32:00

Nothing yet on the official site but, I guess you can't miss what you didn't really "have". We might as well assume the status quo, especially as he wasn't going to be a sure starter with our key men fit. Rather unfortunate, if true.
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01/02/2014 16:35:00

Safe to say that the word 'medical' regarding arsenal new signings has nothing to do with checking a player's fitness and susceptibility to injuries. I believe we may cancel the loan if its really 3months he'll be out for. I do think its true, same was said of ramseys injury until wenger had no choice but to confirm the lengthy lay off. Judging by sanogo's 6 months and counting... Back injury, the future looks bleak for the chap.
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02/02/2014 08:15:00

Completely bizarre signing, so many baffling transfers have happened at the club the last few years
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02/02/2014 09:15:00

Someone Wenger wanted to sign five years ago and obviously hasnt got out of his system. We need a striker, we get a crocked midfielder. Makes perfect laughable sense.
Wyn Mills
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02/02/2014 09:23:00

I'm not sure there has been "that" many odd signings SW, but Park & Kallstrom are among the oddest signings I have have ever seen, especially when you consider Kallstrom arrived injured.
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02/02/2014 11:38:00

Most clubs have made some pretty bizarre transfers, kind of goes with the territory, but Kallstrom is only a loan deal for a few months. Hardly qualifies as the oddest of signings. Same with Park really. Was a gamble that didn't pay off but cost very little.
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02/02/2014 12:01:00

Amos, It could cost us big time. With respect, I think you;re trying to paint a rosy picture. We're heading into a period that, to quote the BFG "could make or break" the team. And we're heading into that period shorn of our first choice midfielders and without the back-up striker to Giroud that every man and his dog can see we should have. Wenger likes a gamble, and that's been half the problem for many past seasons. Too many of these gambles haven't paid off. It appears the club signed Kallstrom knowing he couldn't play for the next six crucial games. In Arsenal speak that means he won't be available until the end of March, by which time You'd expect both Ramsey and Flamini to be back. What is the point having players sitting on the bench or in a treatment room? Why sign a player who has an obvious injury, especially a back injury for goodness sake? We talk about rotation at our club, but its all so much lip service. Truth is, we play players until they break down.
Wyn Mills
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02/02/2014 13:11:00

and please do not come back with "but we have Bendtner".
Wyn Mills
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02/02/2014 13:13:00

Why am I any more likely to be painting a rosy picture than you're to be painting a black picture? Kallstrom was never a key signing and may well be useful over the last couple of months of the season but equally like Mart Poom may not feature at all -whether he's fit or not. If he doesn't we haven't lost much. Some gambles pay off and cost us little others like Arshavin fail and cost us a lot - but they're all gambles to some extent. Of course it would be good to have a better back up striker to Giroud - but it would be even better to have a better striker than Giroud and let him be the better back up. But, unsurprisingly, the available choices aren't that great. In the meantime we do have Bendtner and Poldolski and maybe Sanogo if he's ever fit. Whatever we achieve this season was always going to be dependent on the players we started the season with and our ability to field our first picks as often as we could. This constant whinging about missed opportunities that never really existed is becoming a bit repetitive.
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02/02/2014 13:42:00

Ah! Wynn Mills did warn you about the Bendtner quip. Hahaha! But, I am with Amos there. Not too many good strikers were available this window to make the addition very necessary.
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02/02/2014 13:48:00

In any case' the thing with such loan deals is we do have the option to return the player to his parent club. If we went ahead to take the player on loan, after being aware of his injury, that does look like Wenger signed him to satisfy the restless natives, no?
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02/02/2014 13:50:00

Kallstrom is slightly different from the 'holding' midfielders we currently have. Mainly playing longer passes more accurately in the style of Xabi Alonso or Gerrard than either Arteta or Flamini. I don't think Wenger would ever make a signing simply to satisfy the natives even if they are restless. There's always a method even if it doesn't satisfy the purpose.
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02/02/2014 13:59:00

Yes, you did it. You came back with Bendtner. Its always the same excuse. "Not many good strikers available". How many times over the years have we heard that one? Yes, its getting repetitive, which is why It doesn't particular irk anymore. Its not whingeing to point out an obvious problem we may have going into the next half of this season. The opportunity to win real silverware is there, but I guess it will probably be missed, like all the others that 'don't really exist'. As for Kallstrom being signed to appease the natives...well that one went well didn't it?
Wyn Mills
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02/02/2014 14:18:00

We must surely be running out of couches in the treatment room.
Wyn Mills
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02/02/2014 14:26:00

Bendtner isn't an opinion he is a fact. We do have Bendtner. Whether there is anyone better than Bendtner available to us is a matter of opinion. Maybe the reason that you have heard that 'not many strikers are available' so often over the years is because there are not many strikers available to us better than the ones we have already. The fact that better strikers exist doesn't mean they're available to us. The opportunity to win silverware is available to us but there's no real certainty that that opportunity is increased at all simply by signing another player. As for Kallstrom being signed to appease the natives - he wasn't.
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02/02/2014 15:35:00

Amos, much as I agree with you about good strikers not being available in January, I have to agree with wyn that arsene didn't try hard enough for strikers. He put in a very late loan bid for lazio striker klose who is much better than both bendtner and giroud in the area of finishing. Lazio may have let us have him on loan for a fee if we had bid earlier in the window. We were rebuffed because they had just sold hernanes, klose's strike partner on the last day of the window.
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02/02/2014 19:45:00

Kallstrom was a rainy day buy for the worst case scenario of us needing numbers just like the viviano loan deal. No need to knock his transfer.
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02/02/2014 19:53:00

What makes you think an earlier loan bid for Klose stood anymore chance than a late bid? They would just have held out to see how much of a loan fee we would have been prepared to go to. And why would we bid earlier for Klose on loan if we had someone else in mind? It would only make sense as an end of the window deal.
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02/02/2014 21:50:00

Interesting to hear that Moscow are paying KK's wages while he is injured.
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02/02/2014 22:25:00

Obviously, we must have had a discussion about returning him. Makes you wonder how much they want him around.
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03/02/2014 04:05:00

Amos, a loan fee of 2- 3 million pounds is not excessive for a world class proven goal scorer if you really mean to strengthen our team on the short-term basis. It doesn't have to be drawn out. Ozil's transfer wasn't drawn out. contact was made, a fee was agreed, player signed, deal announcement delayed for maximum impact. By your logic why didn't real hold off till the last day for a bigger fee?
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03/02/2014 06:14:00

Real held off long enough for a pretty big fee for Ozil (contact with Real had mean made a few weeks before anything happened) and we only signed him on the final day. I'm not sure where you think the logic fails. £2 or £3m is quite a lot just as a loan fee forgetting the wages for a 35 year old player who is only a back up for 3 months or so but that's what we reportedly offered at the end of the window so why would they have accepted it at the beginning of the window?
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03/02/2014 07:09:00

The point is it all feels like short term planning and hoping for the best. Even the Ozil transfer had a large element of fortune to it. The next few weeks, as the cliche goes, may well define our season. I feel we could and should have been better prepared. Conversely one cant argue with the results and we seem to be making the best of things. Giroud seems to have hit a wall to me. I wonder where our goals will come from in a really tight game against top quality opposition.
Wyn Mills
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03/02/2014 08:39:00

The only fortunate thing about the Ozil deal was that we had the money to take advantage of an opportunity when it came. I'm not sure where the idea that Arsenal are guilty of short term planning and hoping for the best comes from. Most of the time they are accused of not thinking enough of the short term and focussing too much on long term development. As Wenger yesterday - get it wrong and it could cost us for 3 or 4 years - he's clearly not thinking short term. If the opposition can also wonder where our goals might come from that should suit us nicely as at the moment they can come from a few places.
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03/02/2014 08:59:00

Don't you need some good fortune in every player deal? We have seen the clubs with bottomless resources steal in to take players other clubs had started courting, with too much publicity. Mata, Willian, Salah, etc. are examples and, coincidentally, all went to Chelsea who caused their sellers to gazump some other club to sign them. I think you need good fortune to keep such clubs away from an agreed deal, amongst others.
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03/02/2014 10:00:00

It's one thing to plan for long term changes to infrastructure. Something else to plan for short term shifts in personnel and resources. Arguably the Difference between a director and manager. Good or bad Wenger happens to be both. As for the wrong deal costing the club over 3 years, surely Wenger has more belief in his own abilities than that? Or is he just laying the trail for his exit strategy?
Wyn Mills
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03/02/2014 15:33:00

Of course he has belief in his own abilities which is why he isn't spending for the sake of it. While others are urging him to give Schalke what they ask for Draxler he's making a value judgement. Even so, every now and then you can get taken in by an Arshavin or Reyes (or Shevchenko, Torres, Veron, Carroll, Robinho et al). Wenger's strategy has been as consistent as it has been because he does look long term. Even Ozil, as expensive as he was, will still have a residual value when his contract enters an unprotected period.
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03/02/2014 15:58:00


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