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Football: Arsenal sign Sweden international Kallstrom

Published on Feb 1, 2014 6:10 AM
 
Portugal's Hugo Almeida (left) is chased by Sweden's Kim Kallstrom during the second leg of their 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match at Friends Arena in Stockholm on Nov 19, 2013. Arsenal moved to bolster their depleted midfield by signing Kallstrom on loan from Spartak Moscow until the end of the season. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - Arsenal moved to bolster their depleted midfield by signing experienced Sweden international Kim Kallstrom on loan from Spartak Moscow until the end of the season.

With Aaron Ramsey out for up to six weeks, Jack Wilshere nursing an ankle strain and Mathieu Flamini banned for four games, manager Arsene Wenger turned to Kallstrom, 31, whose previous clubs include Djurgardens, Stade Rennes and Olympique Lyon.

"Kim Kallstrom is a hugely experienced player. He is a midfielder with proven quality at both club and international level. We welcome Kim to Arsenal," Wenger told the club's website after the deal was completed on transfer deadline day on Friday.

Kallstrom has played in the Europa League for Spartak this season but is eligible for Arsenal's Champions League last-16 clash against Bayern Munich.

 
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