Ju Young Park says that he’s got lots to learn at Arsenal but also that he needs make a contribution to the team if it’s to be successful.
The South Korean captain hasn’t yet managed to force his way into the first team reckoning on a regular basis but, speaking to Arsenal Player, he is convinced he’s got a part to play despite his place behind Robin van Persie in the pecking order.
“My goal, first of all, is to play in as many games as possible and to show what I can do,” he said. “That means scoring as many goals as I can and making people happy. I have to prepare well to be able to do this. I just have to do my best in my role.
“For the team to succeed we have to win all the games and for that to happen all the players have to do their job. Only then can it be possible. I think I have to learn more and prepare more to be able to do that and give my best form.”
Although he signed just before the August transfer window closed, Park has yet to make an appearance the Premier League. Clearly the period of adaptation, along with van Persie’s form, has been keeping him out of the team, and Park says he’s been surprised by the commitment of teams in England.
“It is the best league and I do think the football here is very fast. Also the people’s desire to win is much stronger than I had expected.”
He has been scoring regularly on international duty however, almost always against Middle-Eastern teams. Which probably makes him a good bet for a goal in the Carling Cup against Man City. – hat tip, Toby.