Remember Kristoffer Olsson? Here’s what he says about his Arsenal stint

Remeber Kristoffer Olsson? Here's what he says about his Arsenal stint
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Kristoffer Olsson made it to Arsenal’s senior team aged 16, something that not many teenage footballers in the world are able to achieve, but the move didn’t work out in his favour.

In 2011, he was brought to the Emirates Stadium for £315,000 from FK Norrköping Under-19’s. Despite bursting through the team, he made only one appearance for Arsene Wenger.

In 2014, Olsson was loaned to FC Midtjylland in Denmark until the end of the season. He debuted for the club in their 3–2 home win against OB Odense.

Later the same year, Midtjylland signed him on a permanent deal for a new three-and-a-half-year contract.

Olsson, now a 26-year-old established midfielder, plays for Sweden and Belgian club Anderlecht. He feels the reason his Arsenal stint didn’t work out had something to do with his age.

“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.”

“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,” the midfielder added.

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