Arsene Wenger insists that Ju Young Park will be a hit at the Emirates and has urged people to judge the player after he has had a chance to prove his worth in the first team.
Citing the initially slow starts made by Thierry Henry and Robert Pires *swoon on behalf of Arseblogger* at Highbury, the French coach maintains that his Korean import will prove vital later in the season with all top clubs needing at least three top strikers.
Speaking to Arsenal Player, Wenger defended his treatment of the former Monaco man on the eve of a likely start against Bolton Wanderers in the Carling Cup.
“Some players like Pires and Henry took four, five, six months and they became exceptional players. Park arrived two months ago so that’s normal.
“Some people judged our players very quickly in a negative way and slowly they changed their mind through their performances. I prefer it that way round than the other. Some players make you jump off your seat in the early stages and then disappoint you after. These players will win over all the sceptical people and Park is one of them.
“I have been impressed by his intelligence and his attitude. He is well-appreciated and rated by his team-mates and by the staff as well – we think he is a quality player.
“It is hard in the Premier League but Park is a player with quality and intelligence. On the longer term that will always come out and I am confident he will do that in the Premier League as well.
“What you need when you want to be successful at a club is three strikers, three central strikers. We have them* and we are very happy with that.”
*The cameraman failed to pick up Wenger’s crossed-fingers and little wink at the interviewer.