Arsenal boost as Park Chu-Young allowed to delay military service

Arsenal striker Park Chu-Young has been allowed to delay his compulsory South Korean military service for 10 years, The Guardian reports.

South Korea’s Military Manpower Administration said on Friday that the striker’s 10 year residency visa from his time at Monaco allows him to put off his military service until 2022. The 26 year old was expected to leave Arsenal at the end of this year to perform the military service, despite only joining the Gunners in the summer of 2011. All men in South Korea are permitted to perform at least two years in the service when they are over the age of 20.

Park admitted that he would have to leave the Gunners to perform the service and would just play games for an army club. The former South Korea international has not made as much of an impact as he would have wanted on the Gunners squad, but will get much more of a chance after the announcement from South Korea.

The striker said about the service: “It isn’t really possible to be excused. That can’t and won’t happen, which is another reason I chose to come here. I’ll have to leave Europe in two years’ time and I thought this (Arsenal) would be an incredible place to finish.”

Park has made only four appearances for the Gunners this season, but has scored one goal against Bolton Wanderers in the Carling Cup last October. The 26 year old played for the reserves in a 3-0 win over West Brom on Wednesday night and could be in contention for a bench role against Everton in Wednesday’s league tie at Goodison Park.

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