Arsene Wenger’s attitude to transfer policy in a nutshell – by Kim Kallstrom

Arsene Wenger has spent millions and millions in the transfer market buying players that will ‘improve the Arsenal team’, but this little snippet of information from Kim Kallstrom gives us a little insight into Wenger’s attitude to transfers when he signed Kallstromon loan back in 2014.

He was the only Arsenal signing in that window, and the fans were (as always) very upset that Wenger had not signed anybody at all so it sounds like Le Prof was desperate for someone to announce on deadline day.

Kallstrom said: “I’m put in a situation that reminds me of a talent show. I’m standing in front of a jury with a CD of my X-ray images and bad posture.

“The physician lays down the facts. There’s silence in the room. Wenger hasn’t said anything. He hasn’t even looked at his colleagues as they inform me of their logical verdicts.

“He thinks for himself. I wait for him to say something. He sighs and says, ‘The transfer windows shuts in a few hours. It’s impossible to find a replacement. Either I take you or no one.’

“Surprised, the others turn to the big boss. No one knows how he’ll continue, but they know that his words are law.

“Wenger decides. ‘You’ll stay, heal, and train. I’ll take you when you’re fit’.”

So Wenger had someone to announce in the morning but there was little chance of the injured Kallstrom fulfilling his six month loan at the club. He did end up with two subs appearances and four starts in his time at the club and actually got a FA Cup winners medal before going back to Spartak Mocow, who immediately sold him to Grasshoppers.

Was there really any point?

Darren N


  1. KC says:

    Changes are afloat.
    Rather face the unknown with a new management team than what we have now.
    Thanks Arsene for the good times and happy retirement.

  2. kelleson says:

    It is done on me never to blame any Arsenal player on their fragile display in the field of play, all are been caused by wenger. 2014 would have been the yr Arsenal would have broken bareness of Premiership trophy IF he had have signed good players in January but he refused and keep acting as a Prof that known all. There is need for wenger to leave because he is outdated(analog) to give room to a modern manager(digital) that would challange for a trophy. As far as wenger is at the helm of affair at Arsenal, Arsenal cannot move forward. Arsenal cannot win the league with player like Theo, Giroud, Elneny, Mert, Ramsey etc and at thesame time playing players outside their wing will also served as hindrances to our trophy. Wenger should resign honourably for the club to progress

  3. ŞÜKHJÖT says:

    Even below-average players dare to say stuff like this about our transfer policies and the medical procedures.


    1. chris says:

      Ex players can say it and tell the truth because they left a long time ago. Others still at the club could say a lot but dare not do so. The same for coaches, scouts and medics. We have to learn of all their criticism and discontent with Le Dictateur though tiny fragments here and there. One quick example … the physio / fitness staff were not allowed to introduce modern graduated training methods. For years they got the flack for the number of injuries while Wenger laid down the law. 20 years ago Wenger was modern – he has long since been a dinosaur.

  4. Vlad says:

    It’s a very well known fact on that I’m an AKB. I don’t hide it, and I’m proud of it. I love the old man. I think he’s done miracles for us, and I think he deserves better from the fans. I also defend him most of the time, but I can’t defend him here. THIS – and I’m talking about Kim Kallstrom signing – was the most ridiculous thing that I have witnessed as an Arsenal supporter in close to 20 years. Pathetic. The club, the board, the manager, and whoever else was involved should be ashamed of themselves.

    1. That was all down to Wenger. Wasting club resources to pay fat salaries to sign injured players like Kim Kalstrom. Hell, even people like Mertesacker and Walcott should be out of this club by now yet every end of the week they are gleefully rubbing their hands and collecting tens if not hundreds of thousands of pounds for doing squats at the club gym.

  5. This just goes to show the disturbingly nonchalant and borderline negligent way Wenger conducts our transfer business. Man this guy answers to nobody!

  6. John Ibrahim says:

    Same for all business or companies…

    you have the one and only employee that you can afford out of the budget and the given timeline

    The employee has to stay and work according to the business rules….

    Seems like many fans have not even work before or got a job

    1. Simon Says says:

      I think you’ll find it very rare a business employs someone who they know will be off ‘sick’ for a large percentage of their 6 month contract. I think I’ve seen this before but it still amazes me. We all know we don’t have the money available than say at city so what we have got can’t be wasted by Wenger any longer.

  7. Wolfgang says:

    Time for him to disappear into the sunset.Imho,Arsenal
    have become ajoke thanks to the fm who cant even win when 4 up.

  8. taiwo mamud says:

    Wenger and Arsenal are parading average and deadwood players when juxtaposed with other top teams in England and Europe. The transfer policies are terrible and in shambles when compared to others.
    My question is how long does it take to build a competing and winning team? Whenever I quality player is linked with Arsenal, Wenger will dismissed the stuff that he had better player and not looking in that direction.
    Thank God , a new men are coming on board and should be given opportunity to turn around the team.
    No one should expect Wenger who has been doing things in the same to get new answers. His professed love for the Arsenal is killing the club. He should hands up at the end of the season.
    Meths, Theo ,Eleny, Giroud ,Couqoulean , Xhaka should be shown way out and fire brand coach with passion and hunger for success should take over from him.

  9. Break-on-through says:

    Is this real, if it is why is Kalstrom talking like he’s a double agent about to be discovered. He sounds like a nut job.

    1. Ivan says:

      You mean you don’t like your favorite exposed as a complete fraud. A man who deliberately does things to fool fans.
      I have no doubt this is true as it does explain this signing and indeed many others. This sort of wastefulness would bring the sack in any other businesses but in football it is the norm.

      1. Break-on-through says:

        You obviously haven’t been reading comments I’ve made over the last couple of seasons. That there what you believe is beside the point, my point is wtf does he sound like, read it again, am scratching my head wondering why no-one else thinks this sounds eerily creepy. I wouldn’t him dating my daughter, wouldn’t even open the door to the bugger..

        1. Ivan says:

          No I have not committed any of your comments to memory. Why would I?
          What part of this story do you find creepy? The fact that it shows how the old man thinks? This story is in all the papers and at least one would have checked the story so it is likely to be true. Face up to facts man!

  10. GB says:

    I agree break-on man, it’s all bullpoo.

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