Another day of not so much news in the world of Arsenal FC but as allezkev the other day, that’s good news in some respects, keeps the Media/Press witch-hunt away eh!
According to The Metro, the representative of Mario Gotze has totally ruled out any move away from Dortmund for his player, he will be remaining in Germany for at least one more year. That will be that then!
One of our youngsters has had a shock call up for his country, Nigel Neita has been drafted into the Jamaica senior squad for their friendly with Costa Rica next Wednesday. Bit of a shock really as he’s not scored for us since December 2010.
Still, he obviously deserves a chance in the eyes of the Jamaican management but he’s only 18 years old, is it right for him to be thrown in so deep so early, without even having featured for our first team?
Talking of not featuring for our first team!
Yesterday the news broke about our shirt selling striker, you know the guy, the one who scores for his country and our reserves but hasn’t really been given the chance in the first team.
Well, it looks as if Park Chu-Young could be staying a while longer than we all thought as his compulsory military service in South Korea can be delayed for 10 years.
The South Korea’s Military Manpower Administration announced yesterday that his 10-year residency visa from Monaco means he can put off his service until 2022.
So then, is this good news or bad for Arsenal?
My own thought is that it’s good, IF we sign another striker and sell Chamakh & Bendtner!
As written earlier, he can score goals and isn’t afraid to shoot on sight as shown in the reserve game earlier this week. He offers us something different and I for one would rather see him on the bench than either of the other two mentioned earlier.
We have all believed that he was a signing to sell shirts and other AFC merchandise and yes that maybe us being cynical but when our club pay a tidy sum for a player who seldom gets a chance to play, what else are we supposed to believe?
I am not sure what the precise transfer fee was for Park but reports suggest is was £3.4 Million, which is cheap for an international striker, no doubt that was because of his ‘forced’ Military Service which was then due to take place either this year or next.
However, did Arsene Wenger know, or at least suspect that his due date for the Military could be delayed by ten years?
Personally, I wouldn’t bet against it, Arsene Wenger is a very clever man, a shrewd man, some would even say a ‘tight’ man when it comes to spending money and now that all this has materialised, we could see a bit more of the Korean.
I also wouldn’t bet against Arsene having signed him on a five-year contract when he joined.
We lack a poacher up front, a player that if/when the ball arrives at his feet he is ruthless and has the ability to bury the ball in the back of the net without fuss.
Could Park Chu-Young be that player? It certainly isn’t ever going to be Chamakh or Bendtner is it?
Anderlecht, Monaco and Fulham are all reported to be interested in him, so would you still rather he was sold this summer and let the likes of Joel Campbell and Benik Afobe get their chance?
That’s it for today, a grey old rainy day here in the UK…..