After his side’s 2-0 over Crystal Palace on Sunday, Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has revealed the truth about the mysterious injury of his only January signing, Kim Kallstrom.
Wenger confirmed he had known about Kallstrom’s back injury and that the Swede will at least be side-lined until the end of February, but admitted it was a decision of signing Kallstrom or no one.
"The earliest he could be available would be the end of February and the latest would be mid-March," the Arsenal boss said.
"We have to establish the real truth about this story. He arrived here and fell on his back two days before.
"First of all it's very difficult to identify a player, who can come in, of that stature and then we made a medical (check) of his back and we found out he had a little micro-fracture.
"We have all played with micro-fractures.
"Then Spartak Moscow accepted to share the costs - as long as he's injured they will pay - and we had a decision to make."
Wenger admitted pulling out of the deal had crossed his mind, but he didn’t have enough time to find another player of Kallstrom’s quality.
"I would not have signed him if we had two or three more days to do something, but it was Friday night at five o'clock, so it was (a case of) you (sign) nobody or you do it under these conditions.
"I decided to do it because we might, because of the number of games we have now in February, need the players in March or April.
"There is a possibility (that he may not play), but as well there is the possibility that he scores us the winning goal that might be vitally important."
The Arsenal manager added he took a gamble with signing Kallstrom, because all of the Gunners central midfielders have already missed parts of the season.
"At some stage in our job you have to make a decision. Are you wrong or right? You will only know at the end of the season," he said.
"I made this decision because, since the start of the season, all our central midfielders have missed a part of the season and it can happen that a few of them miss the next part [of the season] together."
Arsenal had long been linked with Julian Draxler but Wenger reportedly didn’t want to spend the £37m, which Schalke were asking for.
"We are not against spending, but at the moment we are focused on the second part of the season, and at the end of the season we will see what we will do,” Wenger added.
"You have announced a lot of transfers in your papers that have not happened, in many places, that means it is not as easy as it looks, even with money, to buy the right players in that period."
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