Kim Kallstrom explains truth behind back injury which blighted Arsenal loan move

Kim Kallstrom was convinced his dream move to Arsenal would be cancelled after he hurt his back training on the beach.

The Swedish midfielder joined the Gunners on loan from Spartak Moscow in the final hours of deadline day in January 2014.

But he had suffered a knock while training with his parent club and alerted Arsenal, fearing the plug would be pulled on the transfer.

With time running out to add to their squad, however, the north London club ploughed on and completed the switch.

Kallstrom did not make his debut for two months and went on to make just four appearances under Arsene Wenger but did help the club to the FA Cup Final where they saw off Hull.

"There were a couple of clubs in the Premier League that could have been in for me and I didn't think it was going to be a top club like Arsenal," he told the club's official website.

"I changed my mind there and then, called my wife, told her we're going to live in London for a couple of months and then that was that. For us, it was an experience and we knew we weren't going to stay there, so we just made the best out of the couple of months to enjoy the city and the club.

"We were training on the beach – this is so embarrassing – and it was a proper training session too, not just one for fun. I say it was a beach, it was more like concrete. Anyway, we had a game there and I fell badly on a small rock.

"I hit my back and had some pain. Obviously we were due to go back to Moscow the day after so we didn't do any medical check-up there because it wasn't too bad at the time.

"We informed Arsenal straight away that I had a problem with my back and that I had no idea what it was, so they just told me to come along anyway.

"It was a bit of a blur because the deal had to be done quickly. I came to London, we had the medical and we found out there were some problems but we arranged the deal anyway.

"I thought the transfer would've been off because I was injured but we worked out a deal between the clubs that said I could stay.

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