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Wenger defends signing injured Kallstrom as cover
Wenger says he wouldn't have signed injured Kallstrom as injury cover if he had more time
By ROB HARRIS
Associated Press
2014-02-03 06:01 AM

LONDON (AP) -- Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he knew Kim Kallstrom had a back injury when he signed the Sweden midfielder on loan on transfer deadline-day, but that it was too late to find anyone else.

Despite Arsenal's financial firepower, the 31-year-old midfielder was the only arrival in the January transfer window.

Signed until the end of the season from Spartak Moscow as injury cover, Kallstrom might not be fit until March after arriving Friday at Arsenal having injured his back earlier in the week.

Wenger said: "I would not have signed him if we had two or three more days to do something."

But given it was late on Friday, Wenger said it was a case of signing "nobody or you do it under these conditions."

If Kallstrom remains sidelined, Spartak will pay his first six weeks' wages.

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