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Six reasons Kim Kallstrom will be great at Arsenal

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Kim Kallstrom's arrival at Arsenal from Spartak Moscow on transfer deadline day somehow failed to warrant the same sort of fanfare as Mesut Ozil's summer signing.

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It's something The Rundown finds perplexing, quite frankly, given all the signs that the Swedish midfielder will be a hit at the Emirates.

Even ridiculously-conflicting reports over a back injury some say he picked up in his first training session (with others saying it is in fact a minor issue that has lingered for some time) cannot waver our good feeling about Kallstrom.

Don't believe us? Here are six of the best:

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Kallstrom was formidable on FM while at Lyon, but became a cult icon to gamers in his early years (FM-Base)

1) He has been awesome on Championship/Football Manager for years - Back when he was a teenager, Kallstrom was a must-sign prodigy on everyone's favourite social life-destroyer. And if the likes of Freddy Adu and Mads Timm have taught us anything, it's that FM future stars are absolute locks in the real world.

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2) The man can handle terrible weather - All this twaddle about whether players attempting Premier League football for the first time 'can perform on a cold Tuesday night in Stoke' won't faze our Kim - he's done the business on positively freezing Friday nights in Volgograd, for crying out loud!

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3) He’s a footballer people actually like (seriously!) - The picture of 'Kind Kim' comforting an autistic mascot who was intimidated by the loud atmopshere before an international match was one of the feel-good hits of 2013 on the Eurosport website and app. While a study shows many British fans see every sports star but footballers as heroes, Kallstrom is the exception to that rule.

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Not a boy named Sue, but not far off...

4) Female name means man-sized performances - If that Johnny Cash song taught us anything, it's that a feminine first name can compel a man to go to great lengths to prove themselves in this world. Just ask Andrea Pirlo and Toni Kroos.

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5) He’s a Swede at Arsenal, for crying out loud! - Freddie Ljungberg, Stefan Schwarz... need we say more? Might as well enter Kim into the Arsenal Hall of Fame right now.

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6) He’s not Abou Diaby - Sorry, Abou, but there's a solid chance that Kallstrom will actually play two games in a row for the Gunners...

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