Kim Kallstrom says he’s enjoyed his short spell at Arsenal and hopes he can go out on a high by helping the club win the FA Cup before he returns to Spartak Moscow in the summer.
The 31-year-old Swedish international has only made four appearances (three from the subs bench) since moving to the Emirates on transfer deadline day at the end of January but remains grateful for the opportunity to taste life in the Premier League.
“It’s been great,” Kallstrom told Arsenal Player. “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.”
Sidelined for six weeks after his arrival in London, the midfielder can at least lay claim to helping the Gunners into their first FA Cup final since 2005. A scorer in the semi-final penalty shootout against Wigan, he’s well placed to talk about the importance of a cool head under pressure.
“I think a cool head [is vital], not to feel too much pressure,” he said ahead of Saturday’s trip to Wembley.
“You need to trust in your abilities and in the qualities of the team and stay cool no matter what happens, especially at the beginning of the game.
“We’re favourites so we just have to be patient, like we were against Wigan. Even though we were struggling we were patient and continued with our way of playing – in the end it paid off.
“When you play a final it’s all about getting the trophy. You and all your team-mates can go up into the stands and lift the trophy – that is an amazing feeling and one of the reasons why we all play football. It’s because we love to win trophies.”