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Arsenal sign Swedish star Kim Källström

The Premier League club snapped up the Sweden midfielder on loan until the end of the season from Russian club Spartak Moscow on transfer deadline day.

Arsenal sign Swedish star Kim Källström

Gunners manager Arsene Wenger moved for Källström on Friday as he looked to add depth to a midfield hit by injuries to Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere and Mathieu Flamini's suspension.

The 31-year-old, who has also played for BK Häcken, Djurgårdens and Rennes, has a wealth of experience at the highest level after starring at French club Lyon.

Källström made over 200 appearances for Lyon, winning the Ligue 1 title twice and helping the club reach the Champions League semi-finals in 2009-10.

He has also won 108 caps for Sweden and appeared in the European Championships in 2004, 2008 and 2012, as well as the 2006 World Cup.

Wenger believes Källström's impressive pedigree will make him a valuable addition as the Gunners, currently second in the Premier League, look to end their long trophy drought

"Kim Källström is a hugely-experienced player," Wenger told Arsenal's website.

"He is a midfielder with proven quality at both club and international level. We welcome Kim to Arsenal."

Although Källström has appeared for Spartak Moscow in this season's Europa League at the play-off stage, when they were eliminated by Swiss club St Gallen, Arsenal say he will be eligible for the Gunners for the remainder of this season's Champions League campaign.

With a potentially thrilling end to the season in prospect, Källström is determined to help Arsenal finally win silverware after an nine-year drought.

"Arsenal is an amazing club with a lot of great players and a coach who has done really well here for a long time,"Källström said.

"I am so pleased to come here to learn as much as possible. I'm here to do my best for Arsenal and to help out the team, so we can achieve good results for the last part of the season."

Previous Swedes to play for the Gunners include Anders Limpar (1990 – 1994) and Freddie Ljungberg (1998 – 2007) who was a member of Arsenal's 'Invincibles' of 2003/04. 

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Zlatan faces first club as PSG host Malmö

Sweden's international star footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic gets the chance to face his home town club as Paris Saint-Germain face Malmö FF in a Champions League clash on Tuesday.

Zlatan faces first club as PSG host Malmö
Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic grew up in Malmö, Sweden. Photo: AP Photo/Jacques Brinon

The French champions and the Swedish title-holders meet at the Parc des Princes in the opening round of games in Group A, and with Real Madrid and Shakhtar Donetsk also in the section, neither team can afford a slip-up.

It will be a particularly special occasion for Ibrahimovic, who grew up in the southern Swedish city and scored 16 goals in 40 league appearances for Malmö before moving to Ajax in 2001, later enjoying illustrious spells with Juventus, Inter Milan, AC Milan and Barcelona.

After Malmö beat Celtic 4-3 on aggregate to qualify for the group stage, Ibrahimovic, now 33, wrote on Twitter: “One day I hope to experience the Champions League in Malmö on the pitch. Congratulations!”

IN PICTURES: Zlatan pays visit to home town Malmö

The return match in Sweden is not until November, but in the meantime Ibrahimovic will be eager to help his current side get off to a winning start in Europe, and get among the goals – he is presently just three shy of Pauleta's club record tally of 109.

The striker missed Friday's 2-2 draw at home to Bordeaux in Ligue 1 due to an abdominal injury suffered on international duty last week, but Paris coach Laurent Blanc stressed that Ibrahimovic wanted to save himself for Malmö.

In his absence, Paris dropped points for the first time in Ligue 1 this season, two catastrophic errors from German goalkeeper Kevin Trapp gifting Bordeaux goals in reply to Edinson Cavani's brace for PSG.

“We need to move on, although we also need to analyse the reasons why we drew. It's a different competition, a different opponent, but we will need to be much more rigorous and disciplined against Malmö,” warned Blanc.


Malmö qualified for the Champions League after beating Celtic. Photo: Andreas Hillergren/TT

Malmö finished bottom of their Champions League group last season, losing five out of six games, and they head to France on the back of a 1-1 draw at home to Elfsborg that left them fifth in the Swedish top flight.

With only seven games of the season remaining, a third consecutive title looks to be beyond them.

However, Norwegian coach Åge Hareide will be hoping Malmö, beaten European Cup finalists in 1979, can reproduce the performances that took them through three rounds of qualifying to reach the group stage.

“They are huge favourites and have world class players in every position, but we showed against Salzburg and Celtic that we have the level,” Swedish international defender Anton Tinnerholm told regional newspaper Sydsvenskan.

Malmö, whose star man is former Ajax and Werder Bremen striker Markus Rosenberg, are without Agon Mehmeti due to a foot injury.

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