Kim Kallstrom says it was 'a dream come true' to make his Premier League bow for Arsenal in a 2-2 draw with Swansea City.
The Sweden midfielder, who linked up with the Gunners in January, admits he had been hoping for a better outcome - with a late Mathieu Flamini own goal frustrating the hosts at Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night - but the 31-year-old is delighted to be up and running.
Kallstrom has had to be patient since completing a loan switch from Spartak Moscow, with a back complaint having kept him on the sidelines.
He is, however, looking forward to playing a more prominent role over the coming weeks after being handed an 11-minute cameo against the Swans.
He told Expressen: "We had some bad luck on the late goal. It's hard to analyse so close after the game. The ball has bounced on our keeper, defender and midfielder, it's just back luck.
"We did well to get the game back to 2-1 and we are all disappointed with the result.
"For me, it felt really good coming on. I had a lot of time with the ball, I had some clean passes. I was involved and I'm just pleased to be out there playing.
"It's exciting and it's like a dream come true to play for Arsenal in the Premier League. I'm just unhappy my debut didn't end in a win. Everything felt good for me, obviously except their last goal and the last minutes of the match.
"It's a very high level and I'm really looking forward to contributing to Arsenal. It was a special moment for me making my debut for this great club.
"It's only good players here in the Premier League. There is a lot of quality, that is immediately obvious. It's high speed and tough play, which I like."