Kristoffer Olsson’s loan spell at Midtjylland got off to a very slow start, with the midfielder initially struggling to make an impact at the Danish club, but, over the past few months, the youngster has established himself as an important player for his temporary side.
The 19 year old has been a regular for Midtjylland since October and has impressed with his accurate passing and fine technique, to the extent that he has earned his maiden call-up to the senior Sweden squad for their friendly matches next month.
Before he links up with the national team for the first time, though, a very important decision has to be made regarding Olsson’s future at club level. His initial loan agreement with Midtjylland is set to expire on New Year’s Eve, and, whilst there is an option for the deal to be turned into a permanent one, it isn’t currently clear what will materialise.
Given the way that he has performed in recent weeks it would be of little surprise if Midtjylland opted to sign Olsson permanently, which would see his chance of making the grade at Arsenal come to an abrupt end. An ambitious player, Olsson openly stated his desire for first-team football this season rather than remaining with Arsenal’s U21 team and that decision has been vindicated with the way in which he has performed in Denmark.
Olsson’s talent was clear from the moment he arrived at Arsenal, but, in the past year or so, he has become more tactically aware and is also far stronger physically than when he first moved to England. His appearances for the Arsenal first-team have been fleeting, though, and mostly restricted to non-competitive fixtures, so it may be best for all parties if he leaves permanently, particularly with the likes of Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey, not to mention Dan Crowley and Gedion Zelalem, standing in his way at Arsenal.
Olsson seems set for a prolonged career at a relatively high level but it looks increasingly unlikely that it will be at Arsenal.