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Park Chu-Young Could Leave In The Summer?

by on February 5, 2012

South Korea captain Park Chu-Young has found his chances limited since joining the Gunners in August. The former Monaco striker has only played seven minutes of Premiership football for Arsenal this season. Despite only making five appearances for Arsenal so far this season, Park did score the winning goal against Bolton in the Carling Cup earlier this season.

The South Korean striker started the season as the Gunners third choice striker, with Robin Van Persie being Arsenal’s talisman this season and Arsène Wenger has preferred the out form Marouane Chamakh as backup for the Dutchman rather than Park. Most Arsenal fans thought Park would have got more of a chance when Chamakh went to the African Cup of Nations with Morocco midway through January. But Arsène Wenger decided to sign former Arsenal captain Thierry Henry on a short-team loan deal, Henry had been training with the North London side since last year during the MLS break.

Since Henry rejoined Arsenal, the former French international has been Arsenal’s second choice striker which has meant Park Chu-Young is still third choice. It’s quite hard to understand why the South Korean captain hasn’t been given more of a chance this season.  Instead of playing Park more Arsène Wenger decided to sign a 34 year-old striker, what does that say about Park? Does he not suit English football or hasn’t shown a enough in training?

Park Chu Young agent recently told Korean media “If he doesn’t play, we will consider to leave in the summer.”

Marouane Chamakh has expressed his desire to leave the Emirates at the end of the season because he’s at that age where he want’s to be playing regularly not sat on the bench each week. In 2013 Park will have to serve in the military because of national service. So if the South Korean international does leave Arsenal in the summer, he will only be able to play a year for his new club.

Arsenal will be hopeful Joel Campbell will be granted a work permit in the summer, Campbell is currently out on loan at French side Lorient. The Costa Rican international wasn’t granted a work permit earlier this season which meant he was forced to go out on loan. It’s more than likely Arsenal will be in the market for another striker in the summer.

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  1. sam permalink

    well thats arsene wenger’s dictatorial regime, chamberlain got chance because he’s english and le stubborn wouldn’t get away with picking lazy sergei ahead of him with the euro coming up and capello needs players. nothing is wrong with park chu young, he’s in fact better than man utd’s park. bad news for the guy, chamakh is back

  2. No let’s not get sentimental on this Sam. Ofcourse Park and The Ox were said to be ready after their six months initial acclimatization period (*Wenger’s thoughts not mine) but we have had many under performers this season, you mention Andrei and i concur—the twist though is you do not have Thierry the whole season which is a window for one or two persons, and even if Chamakh gets a nod ahead of him, i think any striker who believes is ready will look to strike when the iron is hot—-Van will get tired and will need a break and we shall look forward to seeing more of his performances.
    If my memory serves me right, Eduardo literally waited on the sides and when he started games, well let’s just say he was never let to warm the bench any longer.

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