Former Arsenal man Kristoffer Olsson has said he has no regrets over his failed stint with the Gunners ten years ago.
Having arrived at the Emirates Stadium in 2011 from FK Norrköping Under-19’s for £315,000, the Swede, 26, succeeded in pushing through to the first team a year later but ultimately was unable to make his mark thereafter.
Olsson was unable to make a single appearance in the senior team’s matches during his time north London.
And speaking to Le Soir via SportsWitness, the now-Anderlecht player said his time at Arsenal was an experience that probably came too early for him.
“Nowadays, when I see 16-year-olds, I realise that it’s very early to make the big jump,” he said.
“But at that time, I felt strong enough to do it.
“My family didn’t push me at all, but they supported me and let me live my dream.
“When Arsenal calls you, it’s hard to resist,” he continued. “For three years, I was in a host family who took care of me, but I was far away from my family. I played just one game in the end.”
But despite making the move too young, Olsson says that he does not look back with regret during his time 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.
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“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.”
Arsenal let Olsson leave on loan to Denmark’s FC Midtjylland in 2014 and then the move was made a permanent one later the same year.
He was a member of the Danish Superliga club, and then moved to Allsvenskan club AIK in three years. Then, he joined FC Krasnodar, the Russian Premier League’s Russian Premier League club, before this summer, moving to Anderlecht with a four year deal.