We might never know why Arsenal signed Park Chu-Young but one thing is probably certain – the player paid a heavy price for signing for the club.
On the verge of signing for Lille after being solid for Monaco for a number of seasons, Arsenal intervened, the player couldn’t resist, and the rest is a footnote in Arsenal’s history.
Park’s move to Arsenal cost him not only the captaincy of his national side, but his place in the squad. His confidence dropped quicker than Spurs with a lead over Arsenal and it has taken him a number of years to get back on his feet.
Back with FC Seoul, Park is doing much better in 2016 than he has done in a while. Although he was South Korea’s best striker by a distance when he signed for Arsenal as a 26-year-old, for a long time, goals were as rare for him as an Arsenal appearance.
In the K League this season, however, Park has the best minutes-to-goal ratio – no mean feat in a league which prides itself on being solid defensively and proving hard for strikers to crack.
Park is doing just that every 115 minutes.
With six goals in his last six starts, the 31-year-old saved the best of the bunch for his most recent strike:
Ex-Arsenal striker Park Chu-young scored a stunning winning goal for FC Seoul against Incheon. pic.twitter.com/awxZSItqog
— Korea Football News (@KORFootballNews) July 17, 2016
If that doesn’t show a striker full of confidence, nothing will.
Arsenal need a striker, right?