Deadline Day Disaster for Arsenal | Kim Kallstrom… is here.

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The real Arsene Wenger stepped forward yesterday and gave us all a taste of mighty fine reality. We had issues within the squad that needed addressing this window and the manager serviced them with Kim Kallstrom. The Swedish midfielder, most famous for being a player with exceptional Championship manager attributes 12 years ago, has joined on a 6 month loan. He’s not played for 7 weeks, so I’m unsure how long it’ll take him to get fit. He’s also not played in the fastest league in the world before. So again, as aimless punts go, he’s right up there with the best panic purchases of the last few seasons.

Now, I’m not going to slate his ability, I’ve seen him play plenty of times before over the years. I know it seems odd that I’d remember a player so unmemorable, but he was so, so good on that computer game, I had to pay close attention when he played. I had similar excitement in watching Javier Saviola, Ibrahima Bakayoko and Robert Pires. Anyway, he’s not very exciting, he’s mostly a solid, functional midfielder… but the press isn’t great around him from the French, who watched him for 7 odd years at Lyon or the Swedes, who’ve sucked up 100 caps worth of his play.

Now, I don’t want to get on his back, it’s not his fault we’ve opted for him, but come on, no one can tell me he was the plan A at the start of January. It’s like the Flamini move of last summer, a bit disappointing (and please don’t tell me you were over the moon we’d signed a player who’d left under a cloud after missing out on Bender / Ginter and Gundogan), but at least we knew he was a good player, knew the Arsenal way and he was Premiership experienced.

This whole window once again points to the absurdity of our transfer planning. We had 4 loan moves rejected on the final day if Sky Sports are to be believed. We went for a 35 year old Klose of Lazio, we asked about Papisse Cisse of Newcastle, I think Vucinic was one… and the final horror offer of the day went to Salomon Kalou. I mean honestly, can you believe that Arsene put in a phone call to Lille about him? If there was a win this transfer window, it’s the fact you’re not here right now reading me going into total meltdown about signing a totally average 29 year old from Lille.

Now, this planning cycle does come down to two things. Firstly, Wenger does all the transfer arranging. He’s the man in charge of the list. As I told you the other day, he’s been back and forthing over Draxler this month with regards to expense and in the end, he decided against him. So the manager is the guy who dithers over these things. However, Ivan has to take some flak for this… why hasn’t he put a system in place that takes some of the control off of Arsene? It’s clear we’ve needed players since the start of the season. Where is the person at the club driving those names out of the manager and making sure something comes out the other side? We really do need a Director of Football to help bring our transfer process in line with the best clubs in Europe.

A club the size of Arsenal is better than an average loan signings. Chelsea, Everton and United all managed to secure names earlier than the last day. Why were we pissing around right up to the deadline? What happened to doing your business early? Where is the ambition and the ruthlessness? We have the best chance we’ll ever have of storming the league. It’s clear we don’t have trusted cover for our two over worked centre backs, it’s clear that Jenkinson is not of the standard to fill in for Sagna, Ramsey is out for 6 weeks… I’d imagine it’ll take 4 weeks to get Kallstrom fit enough to step in… we have lost 20 goals out wide as well as the bucket load of pace Theo brings… and a year on… still not adequate replacement for Giroud.

It’s like the manager is purposefully ignoring the obvious flaws we can see are already biting the squad in the arse.

We needed a mid-season boost to the squad. It would have injected some fresh legs into a tired set up and it would have excited the players. If anything, Kallstrom will have disappointed them. He’s not a bad player, but he’s hardly a name that inspires players like Ozil. Even looking around at other signings. Chelsea landed Matic, a player who could have helped us. Everton signed that huge target man from Monaco for 6 months. Monaco loaned Berbatov. All these players could have helped out. We decided against it…

I mean, it’s not like this window was any different to the summer one which was also an absolute shambles until will fluked the deal for Ozil.

Anyway, that’s my two pennies. I might be totally wrong, but history and a quick glance as the squad numbers tells you that Arsenal winning the league this year is going to be a massive, massive ask. We could have been ruthless, we weren’t, so we’ll have to trust the manager, pray that we don’t pick up anymore injuries and see if we can blitz the second half of the season like we have done the first.

One thing to note, there’s a lot of good will that Wenger is enjoying at the moment, I’d expect much of that will dry up very quickly if things unravel in the way they normally do. He’s made a rod for his own back. He’ll no doubt sign that new deal pretty sharpish next week as well. Three more years of this.

… and to end on a positive note, Park Chu Young has joined Watford on loan. Arsenal eh? Not many teams desperate for a striker end up losing one in January!

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  1. tunnygriffboy

    Cesc Ap

    Do you think we could have got him this window even if Bayern had spoken to him?

    Agree re marquee and extra signings every summer. I was prepared to give Wenger 2 windows after the Ozil capture andstill stick by this even though annoyed we didn’t get CF cover. Perhaps I’m the eternal optimist lol (
    must be bonkers )

  2. Brigantez

    classic fans, happy to see their player injured. Same fans who will like to see Arsenal lose, just so they can whine.

    I have always loved this blog, cause their was a balance in opposing view. right now its just a collection of fans who can’t wait to see Arsenal go south so they can blame Wenger. It’s a pity!

  3. kwik fit

    Would loved to have been a fly on the wall at yesterday’s medical………..’ Is that sore Kim?………Yes its fuckin awful….. what ever you do don’t touch me there’

  4. Cesc Appeal


    Our medical team clearly sucks.

    Ramsey out for 4 weeks probably means don’t count on seeing him again this season.

    They don’ seem to have a clue. Like their boss.

  5. goona

    Thanks to the ineffective Wenger in this transfer window and his penny pinching attitude, we will win fuck all again. How many other teams would seal a £150m deal at the beginning of the week and spend fuck all at the end of it in the transfer window? Speculate to accumulate.

    Squad is threadbare already and still half a season to play, gradually the season will unravel as usual……tick tock tick tock…..And one by one Wengers excuses will come out, ….

    fatigue (one of my favorites…utter shit, the reason they are tired is Wenger not buying)

    handbrake on (well fucking take it off then)

    We played three times in a week (get more players then Wenger)

    Please feel free to add to the list….

  6. Leedsgunner

    hackney and Rev Kev

    We all support AFC, but even you guys as Wenger’s lieutenants on here must find the news of Kallstrom’s injury a bit pathetically tragic?

    Whatever we stand on Wenger’s management, we’re the only people that suffer. I feel utterly embarrassed at our so-called manager. He sure loves crocks, doesn’t he?

    Get well soon Kim, say hello to Diaby, Theo and Aaron for us.

  7. Cesc Appeal

    It was a ridiculous week:

    We just signed the biggest kit deal in history!

    We’re giving Wenger a pay rise!

    Oh, but we’re signing a 33 year old geriatric who’s going to throw out his back from running and be out for 3 months.

    Also, we’re putting tickets up 3% to cover Diaby’s salary.

  8. leon

    all i know 37 mill is alot money and if your going spend that kind of i think it should be someone who is proven, what i realy dont understand about the commenst about this kid drexler is its as if this kid scoring tons goals right now he only 2 goals am i missing something here i thought this team top goal scorer i dont see that in this kid

  9. Romford Pele

    NM, not according to what a Schalke manager said on Sky the other day. He said the clause elapsed last summer. Anyway looking to buy Draxler now has to call directly and negotiate with them.

  10. Dissenter

    Nope, you’ve got it wrong.
    I don’t like to see any player injured, not even spuds players.

    Don’t you get it?
    A player out with BACK injury the first training session. This was a pre-existing injury. That’s negligent practice on the part of the medical people who cleared him.
    The climate of seeking last minute transfers is becoming the practice at Arsenal. It prevents the process of diligently checking out a player from working.

    Wenger needs to stop all the dithering. If Kallstrom was his choice for a 6 month loan, why did he wait until the last day to have him get a medical?

  11. Nasri's Mouth


    Honigstein was talking about it on twitter. Translation problem apparently. Draxler himself has said the clause activates again in the summer.

  12. tunnygriffboy


    If no release clause surely it in their interest for them to start bidding war in summer, also the still in CL and fighting for CL place next year so it worth them keeping him. It was always thought we would go for him in the summer but we tried bring it forward due to Walcott injury or am I wrong ?

  13. Nasri's Mouth


    gunnerblog ‏@gunnerblog Jan 30
    On Draxler’s release clause, Heldt says: “That agreement was only in place for last year, from now on the fee is up for negotiation.” #afc

    Raphael Honigstein ‏@honigstein Jan 30
    @gunnerblog lost in translation a bit. more like “not valid right now”.

    gunnerblog ‏@gunnerblog Jan 30
    @honigstein So you think it comes back in to play this summer?

    Raphael Honigstein ‏@honigstein Jan 30
    @gunnerblog Draxler himself told Bild on the record that the release clause becomes active again in the summer

  14. Johnty79

    Kim karlstrom out for two-three weeks which in arsenal terms means he’s out for the season..

    What a great signing that was.

    N5, nasri mouth and the lot are to blame for this, putting up with average ness.

    U should hope spurs finish above us as it’s the only way things will change.

    All wenger and kronke car about is champs league. We are a disgrace to football. Rvp new it and you can tell by how he looks on the pitch Ozil can sense it to.

  15. MuddyGooner

    Why is Wenger the negotiator ?
    He should concentrate on the football not the buying, unless there’s something in it for him.
    Does he get a special bonus for getting top 4 with minimum spending ?
    Just does not make sense ! Other managers moan about lack of funds but OGL won’t spend like he should !

  16. samsensible

    Right…so we are back to a release clause active in the summer…so Schalke were free to demand what they wanted this summer.

    Okay. So…it was just never going to happen in January which is what most people agreed on until the last few days when suddenly everyone went mad.

  17. Carts

    Unless KK has slipped a disc or fractured a vertebrae, and the diagnosis has been carried out properly, how are the papers already saying 2-3 months.

    Unless its clear as day that he has officially busted his back, I give him 3 weeks to recovery (muscle pull). Add another 2- 3 week to get up to training fitness then another 2-4 weeks for match fitness. Only 10 weeks.

    With that said, he’ll be confined to the bench till July.

  18. Leedsgunner

    Well said Dissenter.

    Hey Brigantes (?) based on Mata’s actual appearances in this season as compared to the past two, do you agree with me that Mata was a fringe player for Chelsea this campaign?

    No shame in admitting a mistake on here I do so from time to time.

    Those figures (on Mata’s appearances) are publicly available by the way and definitely not made up. You see I’m a simple lawyer, not clever enough to make things up. I just deal with what I see, in my business, I call it evidence.

    If you agree with me why do you think Juan Mata was sold? Was it for “footballing reasons?”

  19. Nasri's Mouth

    Johnty79: U should hope spurs finish above us as it’s the only way things will change.

    No I should hope your satnav misdirects you to a cowfield, and when you step out of the car still spouting off your daily bullshit you fall open mouthed into a nice fresh one.

    In fact, that’s exactly what I’m hoping

  20. Dissenter

    Kim Kallstrom was brought to stand in for Rambo, he’s probably going to be out for longer that Rambo. Nothing like sucking from that famous Arsenal teat.

    If he had been signed on Jan 20th, we have had time to react but hmmmm (sighs), Wenger knows!

  21. WengerEagle

    ‘8 of our last 14 purchases have been last minute panic buys.’

    Lol true and even worse when you consider 3 of the 6 that weren’t were Gervinho, Park and Sanogo

  22. Nasri's Mouth


    The release clause was in place last summer AND next summer

    IE it activates each summer.

    Means that the player isn’t stuck with the club, but the club still has some control over when he leaves allowing them to get a replacement.

  23. Dissenter

    @Arsenal 1886-2006
    “So windy is it at Stoke there’s a real fear that should Ashley Young dive he could be be lifted clean out of the stadium.”

    I’ll be laughing all day long. Thanks for making my day.

  24. useroz

    Csa someone clarify if Kim injured himself running or taking his shirt off??

    Wenger probably runs the medical and personally checked over 50,000 players thoroughly…

  25. N5

    Lol, Johnty me and Nasri are responsible for the transfers? you really are nuts.

    I would have bought players pinhead, I just wouldn’t have bought the crap you suggest!

  26. Leedsgunner

    Dench got sent off on his debut huh? I guess he wanted to get back to doing what he was used to Arsenal. Sitting on his arse sending Twitter posts… good riddance.

  27. Jamal

    So Kallstrom was bought in to keep Diaby company, you couldnt make it up. Lol Wenger thought this pensioner would actually improve us !! Super super qualideeeee and all that

  28. SpanishDave

    Our club is becoming a joke with Wenger at the helm. He is done as far as a top notch manager is concerned. Buying Ozil was only due to the fan pressure after AV game reaction.
    Wenger is not comfortable buying big players, he wants to be the big fish, hes Wenger for gods sake, He is the man.
    Three more years of this, its going to seem a lot longer

  29. Simon

    Useroz The nonsense generator has returned. It’s a low bar in here but you win by virtue of never having made sense ever. Congratulations or as you might say ‘happy banana I clarify’.

  30. N5

    Simon, SpanishDave takes miserable to a whole new level. I understand the anger today but he has and will say the same thing over and over and over! boring!

  31. Simon

    ‘I want to go and had a good offer to leave,’ said Draxler.

    ‘But the Schalke manager Horst Heldt said no the transfer and would not let me go.’

  32. wenker-wanger

    weve all seen this transfer joke performance by wenker for years now. Its no surprise, because thats what he generally does. He dithers, he haggles with derisory offers, he scours the bargain basement for cheap shit and freebies and gets a contract extension as a matter of course. All this bungling inefficiency means nothing as long as the fans turn up every week to pay for it. I feel sorry for the season ticket holders as they have to gamble whether it will get better or just give it up. My bro offered me his but would buy it back if wenker leaves. Sadly he is stuck with it as i wouldnt wipe my arse on it.Wenger OUT like many of us have been saying for years.

  33. Cesc Appeal


    Same with Fabregas and Nasri, not buying better than Song after he left as well.

    We should have a day of charting Wenger’s cataclysmic fuck ups in the transfers market, we could try and make it fun or something.

  34. givusacup


    ”Wenger has a football manager equivalent of Munchausen by Proxy.’

    I’m shocked and appalled that everyone carries on posting as if they haven’t seen the above comment.

    I personally know someone afflicted with the aforementioned affliction and I can assure you he’s the nicest person you could ever meet. How anyone can use people like him as the butt of their sick humour is frankly beyond me.

    I will now become a walking cliché and complain about some people posting the same old shit day in, day out while I continue to be the most tedious poster on here. I will demand respect from others while I myself will continue to be one of the most abusive posters on here, and I may continue to make veiled physical threats to the odious gambon if he carries on making fun of those less fortunate than him while hiding behind his pc like the coward he is.

    Shame on you all.

  35. Jake

    Wenker showing that there are a lot of fans out there who believe it is their right to be entertained. I’d love to have a season ticket. We could be sitting at the bottom of League 2 and I’d still never be “stuck with it”, I’d be happy to have it.

  36. Cesc Appeal


    No Wenger did that I’m afraid, he crushed your hopes and dreams.

    I’ll buy you some straws N5, I’ve literally just given the cash to Dick Law so you should…oh…oh shit.

  37. Romford Pele

    That’s what I’m unsure about. Though from the way Draxler described it, it seems as if he wasn’t gonna be allowed to leave this window under any costs.

    I think a few teams will meet his release clause in the summer so it’ll come down to wages and personal preference.

  38. Nasri's Mouth

    @Cesc Appeal

    Certainly with RvP we could have ‘risked’ spending big money, rather than spending middling amounts such as we did on Gervinho.

    Basically, we sold top quality players (debatable about Nasri though) and bought lower level players, albeit at lower level prices

  39. Cesc Appeal


    Exactly, it doesn’t need any more explaining than that does it?

    Sold Grade A talent, bought Grade C players.

    Now he has the money to buy Grade A, he’s still got a dithering pauper mentality.

  40. useroz

    Simon see a doc. Coming on here and spill this won’t cure you.

    I don’t like what wenger does and won’t till he either changes or leaves. It’s a big boy’s game and wenger doesn’t cut it anymore. But feel free to act like your master.

  41. Sam

    Leedsgunner February 1, 2014 16:03:18
    Dench got sent off on his debut huh? I guess he wanted to get back to doing what he was used to Arsenal. Sitting on his arse sending Twitter posts… good riddance.

    Maybe Schalke are protecting Draxler against haters when he has a bad game.
    He’d rather stay in Germany where he’s idolised.

  42. Nasri's Mouth



    Though if you have a player at his level, I’d bet other clubs asked to be kept in the loop in Jan.

    Let’s hope Draxler will be persuaded by the ‘Wenger effect’ as per Ozil

    …if we go in for him of course

  43. Dissenter

    “gambon:”Wenger has a football manager equivalent of Munchausen by Proxy.’
    I’m shocked and appalled that everyone carries on posting as if they haven’t seen the above comment.

    Spare me the faux outrage. Silly PC police nonsense you can accuse gambon of so many things, but this is silly season material.

    People use mental illness terminology in day-to-day life all the time: depressive, anxious, schizophrenic, demented etc. Move on

    We use “cunt” a lot here. I guess half the world’s population should be outraged.

  44. Leedsgunner


    Before you tar everybody with the same brush, gambon said equally offensive things about people with Downs, and he was challenged by me and a few others. He literally said he wasn’t willing to apologise. I’m just showing the comment the contempt it deserves. Did you challenge him before lecturing everyone else?

  45. Cesc Appeal


    ‘Dick, you got the straws yet?’

    ‘Almost, I think I can get 20p off them.’

    ‘No, no Dick, don’t worry about that, just get them.’

    ‘But Wenger says…’

    ‘…I don’t care what Wenger says, just pay the money.’

    ‘But Wenger says…’

    ‘Dick, Dick, DICK! You know what fuck it! I’m going to chop my fingers off and give them to N5 to use as straws because it’s less fucking painful than this!’

  46. Nasri's Mouth

    @Cesc Appeal

    Maybe, maybe not.

    Draxler’s a top player, but not really what we’re desperate for.

    Put it this way, I’d be more upset if we couldn’t sign a top striker in the summer because we’d spent the money on Draxler.

    Still, if we don’t bring in someone top drawer in the summer, then yes, it’s a fuck up

  47. tunnygriffboy

    That explainswhy Draxler didn’t move. They wouldn’t let him. Bope his preference is for us in the summer. Cue more rumour and counter rumour, no fingernails and grey hair !!!!

  48. Norfolk

    tunnygriffboyFebruary 1, 2014 15:32:03

    “……..I was prepared to give Wenger 2 windows after the Ozil capture ”

    No being funny but don’t you think he’s been given enough time to sort himself out. 8/9 yrs and you were prepared to give him two more !!

  49. Cesc Appeal


    Yeah that’s what you say now.

    After the summer we’ll blame the world cup and the fact Walcott is coming back.

    Then January 2015 we can’t sign players in January it’s too hard.

    So essentially the Wenger supporters will give him license until summer 2015 – even then they’ll find an excuse, probably to do with City and Chelsea.

  50. Norfolk

    Nasri’s MouthFebruary 1, 2014 16:27:42
    @Cesc AppealMaybe, maybe not.Draxler’s a top player, but not really what we’re desperate for. Put it this way, I’d be more upset if we couldn’t sign a top striker in the summer because we’d spent the money on Draxler.Still, if we don’t bring in someone top drawer in the summer, then yes, it’s yet another horrible fuck up

    I agree NM, I fixed your typo above for you btw 🙂

  51. Nasri's Mouth


    I think the only thing it explains is that Draxler wanted to come to us which is a definite good thing, because if Bayern ARE after him, you can bet he knows, so he wasn’t holding out for them during January

  52. givusacup

    ‘ Spare me the faux outrage. Silly PC police nonsense you can accuse gambon of so many things, but this is silly season material ‘

    Read between the lines mate.

  53. Nasri's Mouth

    @Cesc Appeal

    No, I’ll say it’s a fuck up

    Not signing a striker last summer was a fuck, not signing one next summer will be another one. Obviously a bigger one because of the greater requirement and the fact we’ll have had more than enough time to identify targets

  54. peanuts&monkeys

    After this terrible surrender of the title, its quite natural Arsenal fans are following Spurs, Everton and Utd games from today. Coz these will be the actual contenders of the 4th trophy competing Arsenal this year.

  55. Keyser

    Simon – Well said, then at least 200-300 million a year warchest and we might, just might be able to compete with Chelsea, then after a few years we’ll try and take on Citeh.

  56. Cesc Appeal


    All you’ve got to do is go through the comments on most of the major papers and you’ll see that Wenger can do no wrong.

    Some hailing Kallstrom as a genius singing…oh dear.

    Sadly this is where we’ll be for another 3 years at least. Dithering, glaring holes in the squad, tactically outsmarted, no trophies.