Arsenal are set to sign South Korean captain Park Chu-Young from Monaco for approximately £3 million. The deal is the beginning of an expected flurry of activity as Arsenal desperately try to strengthen their squad before the end of the transfer window.
Park Chu-Young, a former Asian Young Footballer of the Year, was on the verge of signing for Lille before the Gunners entered the race for his signature at the eleventh hour. “I
The South Korean can play as a winger but is best suited playing as a deep forward or second striker. The 26-year-old has good work rate and pace, and is a set piece specialist. During his career he struggled with injuries as a youngster playing for FC Seoul, but his game has improved substantially since moving to Monaco in 2008. His finishing can be erratic at times but he mustered 12 goals last season, admittedly not the most impressive haul but considering Monaco only managed 38, it was a good return.
Park will prove to be a versatile addition to the Gunners, even if he lacks true blue chip talent. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said: “He will add true quality to our attacking forces and will be a valuable addition to the squad.”
The finalisation of the deal is expected today, along with several other new additions:
The German centre-back Per Mertesacker is close to signing for around £10 million. At only 26, Mertesacker already has 75 caps for his country and his experience would be a great asset to a young team in need of leadership. The giant German (who stands 6ft 6in) would bring communication and composure as well physical presence to an Arsenal defence that is in dire need of reinforcement.
Also Andre Santos, a Brazilian left-back from Fenerbahce, is poised to sign for £6 million. He will add depth at left-back where the Gunners are grossly short of bodies following the sale of Gael Clichy and the injury to Kieran Gibbs.
There are also rumours of further additions; Yann M’Vila, the Rennes defensive midfielder, is still a target, and it’s likely Wenger will look to strengthen further at centre back, though they appear to be out of the race for Gary Cahill, and in the attacking midfield position.