Kallstrom revels in ‘fun’ first 90 minutes

Kim Kallstrom points during Arsenal's win over West Ham

Kim Kallstrom has spoken about his first full game in an Arsenal shirt describing last night’s 3-1 victory over West Ham United as ‘fun’.

The Swede, who came off the bench against Wigan to score in the penalty shootout at the weekend, was handed a start by Arsene Wenger for the first time since his loan move from Spartak Moscow and didn’t look out of place in an experienced line-up that eventually ground out victory.

Speaking after the game to homeland publication Expressen (translated by Sky Sports), the 31-year-old midfielder admitted it had been a while since he’d had proper game time.

“It feels very good, it was fun to play, it was long since I did that.

“It was truly fun to get to play 90 minutes and terrific to win. It is obvious that it feels very good, you play together with very skilled players here.

“Of course, it feels good that you are starting to play your part. The more playing time you get, the easier it becomes to get into it.”

Suitably impressed by his teammate’s contribution, Wojciech Szczesny said of Kallstrom’s contribution:

“Kim played 90 minutes and he is a very experienced player. Especially when we under pressure in the second half, he did really well. Hopefully the experience of fighting and having good run-ins over the last couple of seasons can help us get through again.”

He wasn’t the January signing we wanted, but now that Kallstrom’s injury problems are behind him he’s proved very diligent when called upon. His time at Arsenal is unlikely to surpass the remaining five games of the season, but he’s still got a chance to carve himself a niche in the club’s history. Let’s hope he takes it.

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