Swedish midfielder has not regrets about his time at Emirates Stadium
Kristoffer Olsson, once on Arsenal books, has revealed he was ‘too impatient’ as a youngster when he signed for the club.
The player arrived at the Emirates in 2011 as a teen, signing with their U18 side from IFK Norrkoping U19s in a deal worth £315,000.
The Swedish worked his way up at the London club over the next year, moving into their senior team in 2012 but struggling to establish himself at Arsenal in the coming years.
He’d make just one appearance for the first team, in spite of being a regular for the U23s and the U19 side in Europe.
The star would instead spend three seasons on loan at Midtjylland before making a permanent transfer there in 2015.
His professional career has since been a winding one, with switches to AIK and Krasnodar before he signed for Anderlecht this summer.
Kristoffer now says he was a little too impatient to make it.
“Nowadays, when I see 16-year-olds, I realise that it’s very early to make the big jump. But at that time, I felt strong enough to do it,” Olsson told Le Soir.
“When Arsenal calls you, it’s hard to resist. For three years, I was in a host family who took care of me, but I was far away from my family. In the end, I only played one game there.
“Looking back, I think I was too impatient. At 19, you always want more. Maybe I would have broken through if I had stayed.
“But I have no regrets. I have improved as a footballer to the point of being a starter for Sweden. And humanly speaking, I have left my comfort zone.”