Arsenal made just one addition during the January transfer window — midfielder Kim Kallstrom on loan from Spartak Moscow. Arsenal fans who were already upset that the club didn't add further reinforcements as they challenge for their first Premier League title in 10 years were less than pleased to learn that their deadline day signing has a back injury that could prevent him from making his debut until a month a half into his four-month loan spell. And now Arsene Wenger admits that if he had a bit more time, he wouldn't have bothered with Kallstrom at all.
From the AP:
"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," Wenger said Sunday. "I decided to do it because we might, because of the number of games we have now in February, we might need the players in March or April."
So if everyone didn't wait until the last possible minute to haggle between a ridiculous fee and a super ridiculous fee, Arsenal might have signed a player (or maybe even two!) who doesn't have a micro-fracture in his back. Consider this another reason why transfer deadlines are awful — they encourage procrastination for the sake of negotiating leverage.
"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."
There is also a possibility that he might be Batman or a cyborg controlled by Sweden teammate Zlatan Ibrahimovic! Barring these optimistic developments, Kallstrom joins Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey on the list of Arsenal midfielders who are currently injured and Mathieu Flamini, who has two more matches to serve on a red card ban.
The one positive for Arsenal in this situation is that Spartak will continue to pay Kallstrom's wages for up to six weeks if he remains unable to play.
Anyway, there's something we can all learn from this. If you have a project that requires several days to accomplish, don't try to force it through at the last possible minute. And the goodwill built up from signing Mesut Ozil only lasts exactly five months.
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