Kim - My experience can help the team

Kim Kallstrom thinks his experience can help Arsenal achieve their targets this season.

The Swede made his first start for the club in Tuesday's 3-1 win over West Ham and proved to be a calming influence alongside Mikel Arteta in the Gunners' midfield.

Arsene Wenger described Kallstrom as an "intelligent player" when he joined Arsenal on loan from Spartak Moscow and the 31-year-old is keen to repay the faith Wenger has shown in him.

"When I stepped on the pitch I felt quite comfortable"

"I think that my experience is one of the reasons why he bought me here," Kallstrom said. "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.

"We got the win that we really needed to get back in a new pace for the final four games."

Kallstrom spent two months on the sidelines with a back injury before making his debut against Swansea City in March. The midfielder says it was frustrating to be out for a lengthy period but admits it allowed him to settle into his new surroundings.

"Obviously I came here and I was injured so I had quite some time to get to know the players," he said. "

"When I stepped on the pitch I felt quite comfortable. Even though I haven't played a lot with the other players, I have seen them in the dressing room and I have been speaking with them a lot so I was confident.

"There's always pressure on us and it doesn't matter if you are the only signing. That's part of the game and in top sport nowadays, the pressure is great and you have to be performing.

"I've been working hard, I felt I was well prepared for the game so I didn't feel I had much to lose."

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