The summer transfer window may be just a distant memory, but with the season well underway managers have already started their preparations for January…
Arsenal have begun the process of strengthening the team in the January transfer window by undertaking some sort of clear out in the team, with the permanent sale of on-loan midfielder, Kris Olsson to Danish side, FC Midtjylland according to Daily Star.
The 19-year old Swedish youngster had been on a season long loan and has apparently impressed enough to gain him assurances of first team football.
Confirming the news via his official Instagram account, Olsson said:
“Sometimes you have to take one step back to take 2 steps forward. Now it’s official”
“I’ve signed a permanent deal with @fcmidtjylland . But first of all I wanna say thanks to @arsenal for these 3, 5 years!”
He did not leave, however, without paying some gratitude to the Gunners.
“I wouldn’t be the same player or person without them! Everyone at the club has been helping me from day one, and I’ve made friendships that I hope will last forever!
“And thank you to all of you fans and supporters, I love you.”
Wenger is in need of midfielders, going into the winter transfer window with the injuries that have crippled our campaign so far but he would not have been ignorant of the event of this permanent move by the ambitious youngster. Olsson had given indications earlier in the season that he would consider a move away from the Gunners, expressing dissatisfaction at not being given enough opportunities with the first team.
“You do not want to play in front of 500 people against another U-21 team. You want to have the motivation to play in front of people and at great venues where you fight for it” Olsson said, as quoted by the Metro.
“I can say I will not be left in the u21. But I have a contract with Arsenal and it is they who decide. They say I should stay, I cannot say much. Then I think of what’s best for me and we’ll meet halfway there, but I want first team football.”
Olsson had made just the one first team appearance for Wenger in the penalty-shootout win over West Brom in the League Cup last season, scoring one of the spot kicks. Being very much thought of as a technically gifted bright young midfielder, there were hopes that he would return after his loan spell to make a stronger statement in the team, but perhaps he had his mind set even before departing on the temporary move to Denmark.
“I would like to remain in England, the Championship perhaps, I have come in to life here. But if it’s a good club in Holland, Italy or another country, I get to think about it too.”
Arsenal still have Jon Toral and Wellington Silva amongst academy midfield stars currently on loan, and it would be a curious situation to observe now, to see if they will take Olsson’s route.
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