Ju Young Park has been included in South Korea’s squad for the Olympic football tournament. Coach Hong Myung-Bo included Park as one of the three overage players, the rest of the squad must be under 23.
Park was heavily criticised for deferring his national service for 10 years due to being eligible for residency in Monaco, and then sort of disappeared at the end of the season before appearing at a press conference to apologise.
Since joining Arsenal late last August, in a move that still baffles pretty much everyone, Park’s stock as a player has fallen considerably. From being captain of his country he now finds himself ‘relegated’ to the Olympic side after a season at Arsenal during which he scored just once and played very little football.
However, the tournament in London may just provide him with a shop window as he looks to revive his career. It seems unlikely that he’d feature any more than last season for the Gunners, especially in the wake of the Podolski and Giroud signings, so a goal or two may convince someone to take a punt on him.
A move back to France seems most likely and he’ll join the Great Arsenal Forward Cull 2012, as the club look to move him on alongside Bendtner, Arshavin, Vela and Chamakh.
Perhaps we could sell them as a job lot or bring them all out into the woods and drive off.