Kim Kallstrom
Kim Kallstrom

Kim Kallstrom

Swedish international Kim Kallstrom joined Arsenal from Russian side Spartak Moscow on a six-month loan deal in January 2014.

Kim began his senior career with spells at BK Hacken and Djurgardens IF before he was signed by French club Rennes in 2002.

Kim Kallstrom Profile

Born August 24, 1982
Sandviken, Sweden
Position: Midfielder
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Previous Club(s) BK Hacken, Djurgardens, Rennes, Lyon, Spartak Moscow

After spending two season with Rennes he was signed by Lyon where made 204 appearances, scored 17 goals and won a number of honours including he Ligue 1 title twice (2006/07, 2007/08), the French National Cup twice (2008, 2012) and the French Super Cup twice (2007, 2008). He was also a regular in the Uefa Champions League, helping Lyon to the semi-final of the competition in 2009/10.

Vastly experienced at international level, the midfielder was part of his country’s squads at four major tournaments - the European Championships in 2004, 2008 and 2012, and the 2006 World Cup.

Kim left Arsenal at the end of his loan spell in 2014, having made four appearances and helped the Gunners reach the FA Cup final after scoring in the semi-final shootout against Wigan Athletic.

My Year

  • 2013/14

March

Kim recovered from a back injury in March and made his Arsenal debut as a late substitute against Swansea City. "For me, it felt really good coming on," he said. "I had a lot of time with the ball, I had some clean passes. I was involved and I'm just pleased to be out there playing. "It's exciting, and it's like a dream come true to play for Arsenal in the Premier League. I'm just unhappy my debut didn't end in a win. Everything felt good for me, obviously except their last goal in the last minutes of the match."

April

Kim made his first start for the club in the 3-1 win at home to West Ham. But the Swede's most vital contribution came at Wembley when he slotted home from 12 yards to help Arsenal to a 4-2 win in the FA Cup semi-final penalty shoot-out. Speaking after the West Ham game, Kim said: "I think that my experience is one of the reasons why [the manager] brought me here. I have some experience and I felt quite comfortable going into my first game. "I was waiting for this moment for quite some time. I had some time to prepare physically to be ready for the Premier League. It's nice to complete a game, it's a long time since I played so it was a nice moment for me."

May

Kim played the final half an hour of the 1-0 win over West Brom before sitting out the wins against Norwich and Hull City. "Arsenal are an amazing club and there are a lot of nice people working here," he told Arsenal Player. "The players are really skilful, the manager is really, really good and people really care about the club. There are a lot of fans too, and it has been a really nice adventure. "I have just tried to do my best and get the most out of it as possible."