The only enjoyable thing about this morning was to read the journal of Telefoote the football programme for French TV, the imminent signing of Chu-Young Park for Arsenal. It describes how the 26yr old South Korean was due to sign for Lille last Friday, after his first part of his medical, however a problem occurred with his plane and the flight was delayed until the Saturday. However when the Lille officials went to collect the player from his hotel, he was nowhere to be seen. He had apparently flown to London to sign for Arsenal for €3million rising to €5 million with bonus add ons. arsenal had increased his wages as well as the deal, and according to L’Equipe he is going to be paid €190,000 per month which seems quite high for Arsenal. The Lille President who gave us grief over Eden Hazard was devastated and described the turn of events in terms of a diplomatic incident. He was said to enraged by the unprofessional behaviour by the South Korean which breached every level of human respect for others
“On est sidéré par ce comportement inacceptable au niveau des qualités humaines. Cela montre bien que ce joueur n’avait rien à faire au LOSC.”
Michel Seydoux went on to say that Park had never any intention to sign for Lille, as he only had to commit to €3 million. So, This has caused Lille major problems in the closing hours of the transfer window, as their coach Rudi Garcia had made the signing of Park an important priority in his planned involvement in the Champions League. Lille have three days to find another striker to add to Tulio de Melo and Sow. Arsenal had already plundered Gervinho.
There were attacks accusing Arsene Wenger of poor behaviour also
“Celui qui est à blâmer, c’est le joueur, explique-t-il. Mais ce n’est quand même pas très glorieux de la part de Wenger. Il avait le droit de le faire mais ce n’est pas très classe pour quelqu’un qui donne toujours des leçons de morale”
My translation: “whoever is to blame, the player says himself, but Wenger does not come out of this well, he had every right to do this, but this is pretty poor from someone who always preaches morale values”
Chu-Young Park Profile
DoB: 10 July 1985 Age: 26yrs Born: Daegu, South Korea Height 1m 83 (6ft)
Club: Monaco no 10 Striker, Appearances: 91 Goals: 25,
International Honours: U20 South Korean Team Golden Ball winner in 2004 at AFC Championships,
Asian Young Footballer of the year in 2004
Park’s career did not take off as expected due to recurrent injuries at crucial tournaments. His popularity with the South Korean public reached fever pitch between 2006 and 2008 when he moved from FC Seoul to Monaco. He is expected to have to serve National Military service in 2013 and is intensely religious being a committed Christian. Park is a proficient dead ball striker and scored an important late free kick “Beckhamesque” style against Ubekistan in the 2010 Asian games.
His superstar status in Korea and Asia will guarantee Arsenal Football Club much commercial revenues and combined with the emergence of Ryo Miyaichi, Arsenal should be able to bring in vast new sources of income in handled well. The establishment of franchise outlets could mean the tills ringing loudly as the official merchandise leaves the shelves.
The transfer is likely to be officially confirmed on Monday after he has completed his medical later today and certainly well after the match at Old Trafford, as to announce this news beforehand, would be an unacceptable distraction. The likely big name loan of Kaka from Real Madrid to Arsenal appears to have met a last minute hitch in that Jose Mourinho does not want Arsenal strengthened in the Champions League, preferring him instead to have Europa League football at Tottenham. Kaka is said not to want to go to Tottenham, and may well stay at Le Bernabeu in defiance, whilst picking up huge wages. There may be a late twist in these events which could leave us without a midfield playmaker as the transfer window clock winds down to close on Tuesday evening at 11pm.