Kim Kallstrom, Championship Manager and Arsenal legend, is set to announce his retirement from football according to reports in the Swedish media.
The former Lyon man, currently in his second spell with Djurgardens, joined the Gunners on loan in January 2014, in what was one of the strangest transfers ever to go down at the club.
During the medical it was discovered that he had a significant back injury which would require weeks of treatment before he could play, but Arsene Wenger pushed the deal through all the same.
He made the first of his four Arsenal appearances at the end of March in a 2-2 draw with Swansea, but he’ll be remembered fondly by Gooners for his part in the FA Cup semi-final penalty shoot-out against Wigan.
Having equalised through Per Mertesacker with just eight minutes remaining, spot kicks decided the game and the Swede coolly dispatched his as Lukasz Fabianski made the saves that sent us through to the final.
It was a small, but valuable contribution, to ending what was then a nine year trophy drought. Arsenal went on to beat Hull City 3-2 in the final.
Kallstrom later produced a radio piece about that game, calling it ‘the greatest 15 minutes of my life’.
If you didn’t catch the translation of it first time around, it’s definitely worth a read (and even if you did it stands up to revisiting).
Happy retirement to him.