It is one of the big mystery’s of this season as to why Arsene Wenger has refused to give Chu-Young Park any regular chances in Arsenal’s first team. Even the out-of-confidence and out-of-form Marouane Chamakh has been given one start in the Premiership this season while Park has been superglued to the bench.
Wenger first started saying that Park needed time to settle into English football, but by December the French coach announced that the Korean captain was now ready to step up once Gervinho was away at the African Nations Cup.
Then immediately afterwards Wenger brought in Thierry Henry as support and backup for Robin Van Persie instead, leaving Park playing the occassional few minutes at the end of games. He did start in three Carling Cup games (scoring a good goal against Bolton) but was still ignored for the Arsenal first team, and was even overtaken in the pecking order by the young Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Now that the Gunners have announced the arrival of Lukas Podolski, Park now has the German international to contend with, as well as The Ox, Gervinho and even Chamakh ahead of him.
Surely that can only mean the end of the line for Park, who must now be wishing he had chosen to go to Lille last summer instead of Arsenal.