Arsenal Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of February 3
It's time to decompress after a frantic end to the January transfer window.
Arsenal made one deadline-day move, bringing in Swedish midfielder Kim Kallstrom on loan from CSKA Moscow—ostensibly to cover for their numerous wounded. However, in the subsequent days, there emerged a controversy as people got word that Kallstrom was injured before he even came to the club.
More on that and the rest of Arsenal's transfer news in this slideshow.
Arsene Wenger Explains Kallstrom Controversy
A couple of days after Kim Kallstrom signed with Arsenal on loan, a rather extraordinary story emerged. The Swede was believed to have injured himself in his first training session, but it was later revealed that he was hurt before he even arrived in London.
I wouldn't have signed him if we had another two or three days, but it was on Friday at 5pm. We need to establish the real truth. He arrived and had fallen on his back two days before. We accepted to share the costs, so they will pay him for the first six weeks of his wages.
If Arsenal aren't paying Kallstrom while he does not play, this seems like an odd move, but not one worth getting riled up about.
Looking at the Players Arsenal Sold
With all the attention on whom Arsenal would bring in during the transfer window, few considered those scrubs and young washouts who were offloaded to pastures new.
First, Park Chu-Young found a new club on deadline day, at least temporarily. The South Korean, who featured for Arsenal only once this season, will play the remainder of the season at Watford.
Here's hoping he finally gets some minutes.
He was so excited, in fact, that he received two yellow cards within half an hour in his first start and was summarily sent off and suspended for a match.
New club, same Frimpong.
Are Bayern Munich Ready to Intercept Julian Draxler?
The morning after the transfer window ended, a prominent German football pundit tweeted this:
My view. Based on my information. Bayern Munich managed to stop the Draxler-deal by saying "we take him in the summer".— Jan Aage Fjortoft (@JanAageFjortoft) February 1, 2014
The Daily Mail added some more fuel to the fire with quotes from Schalke's director of sport, Horst Heldt, saying that a bid had been received from a club that is to Schalke's north.
That would rule out Bayern.
It looks like this transfer rumour is getting even more muddled, so we'll just have to wait until the summer and see what happens.