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Kallstrom - I’d love to emulate Freddie

Kim Kallstrom would love to emulate Freddie Ljungberg and become the second Swede to score for Arsenal in an FA Cup final.

The 31-year-old played alongside the Gunners legend at international level, and followed Ljungberg's career closely when he was in England.

Ljungberg scored in the 2001 FA Cup final, and again 12 months later when Arsenal beat Chelsea 2-0 at the Millennium Stadium. Now Kallstrom hopes to do the same against Hull City on Saturday.

"I played with Freddie and he was a great player for the national team, and obviously here at Arsenal he is a legend"

Kim Kallstrom

“Of course [it is a motivation],” he told Arsenal Player. “I played with Freddie and he was a great player for the national team, and obviously here at Arsenal he is a legend.

“If I can do just a little bit of what he has done then I will be happy!

“He scored a lot of goals and the thing about Freddie was his drive: he is a winner. When the big games came, when you hand out the trophies, he was always present.”

Kallstrom’s loan spell from Spartak Moscow is due to end after Saturday’s game at Wembley, and he has enjoyed every minute in north London.

“It’s been great,” he said. “Arsenal are an amazing club and there are a lot of nice people working here.

“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.”

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